- The popularity and success of the Italian Baroque style was highly encouraged by the Roman Catholic Church during Counter Reformation Europe. At the time of the Council of Trent (1545- 63) it was decided that the arts should communicate religious themes in direct and emotional involvement. Many Knights of St. John, aristocrats, merchants and nobility brought back to Malta works of art from Italy, especially from Rome. Along with the religious artworks, there were also still life paintings, landscapes, historical scenes, battle scenes and allegorical scenes which were also becoming popular and which decorated many walls in Maltese households. During the 17th and 18th centuries Valletta was transformed into a showpiece of sophistication and it became a microcosm of Baroque art.
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- 17th and 18th centuries [Create]
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