- Views of the the Grand Harbour from outside the Harbour entrance were popular in the early 18th century perhaps because they were reminiscent of the first glimpse a newcomer had of Malta, when arriving by sea. The Grand Harbour was very important for the Order as it was their home port for their ships and galley squadrons. The first settling place of the Order on their arrival to Malta in 1530 was Birgu, overlooking the Grand Harbour. Soon after, the events of the Great Siege were to unfold in and around the Grand Harbour. This painting depicts an extensive panoramic elevated view of the newly built capital city of Valletta and its two harbours. Apart from Valletta and Floriana, the area from Fort Ricasoli to Marsa is also rendered in some detail.
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- : 158 x 239 cm (without frame)
- Baroque [Create]
- 18th century [Create]
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