- Nicolas Cotoner, of the Langue of Aragon, Bailiff (officer) of Majorca, was by collective consent raised to the vacant dignity on his brother's death on the 23rd October 1663. Only once before in the history of the Order do we find two brothers appointed in succession as Grand Master. This was the case of the two Villarets, who followed each other as Grand Masters during the sway of the Order in Rhodes. Fearing that the Turks will once again attack Malta he took steps to further ensure the security of the island and called Count Valperga, a most talented Italian engineer in the service of the Duke of Savoy and constructed the stupendous fortifications known as the Cottonera Lines . The Grand Master laying the first stone in the bastion of St. Nicholas on the 28th August 1670, with the same pomp and ceremony as had been used by La Vallette at the dedication of the City of Valletta in 1566.Nicolas Cotoner also continued the work on the redecoration of St. Johns Co-Cathedral commenced by his brother, Rafael, and much of the splendour of the Cathedral occurred during his reign including the decoration of the vault painted by the Calabrian artist Mattia Preti as well as much of the carving and gilding of most of the walls. Nicholas Cotoner died on the 29th April 1680 at the age of seventy-five and is buried in the Chapel of Aragon in the Co-Cathedral.
- Portrait of Grand Master Nicolas Cotoner (1663-1680), sitting on a red cushion placed on a chair. On the left is a page holding his shield and on the right is an other page holding a map, showing the fortifications he had built; the Cotonera lines.
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- : 152 x 204 cm (without frame)
- Baroque [Create]
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