- The unique natural layout of the deep water harbours of Malta were essential for the naval Order of the Knights of St. John. After settling in Malta, the Order built and fortified the areas around the harbours and this painting in fact depicts an extensive panoramic view of Valletta and its two harbours. At the foreplane are the three cities with Senglea, Fort Saint Angelo and Fort Ricasoli. In the middle distance are Valletta and Floriana, and at the furthest distance, Marsamexetto Harbour, Manoel island with Fort Manoel and Sliema. Inside the Grand Harbour are the Squadron of the Ships of the line of the Order of Saint John and three galleys. Aerial perspective has been successfully worked out in this painting and an indication to the painting`s date of creation is offered by the presence of Fort Manoel, which was commenced in 1723 and which by 1732 was in an advanced state of completion.
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- : 158 x 239 cm (without frame)
- Baroque [Create]
- 18th century [Create]
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