The International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta has just published the fourth issue of The Journal of Baroque Studies. This peer-reviewed academic journal is edited by Frans Ciappara and contains nine original articles.

The journal features a paper by Lino Bianco from the University of Malta titled In Defence of Baroque: The Wölfflin-Frankl-Giedion Tradition. Daniel Unger from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev tackles an aspect of Caravaggio’s painting in his study titled A Painter of Pain: Games of Wit and Ambiguities in Caravaggio’s Boy Bitten by a Lizard’. Fredrucj Aquilina from the University of Malta discusses the role of music performance spaces in Maltese churches during the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as their relevance today.

Eleonora Rai from the Università degli Studi di Milano discusses Leonard Lessius in the Leuven Controversies from 1587 to the 20th century, while Lucia Trigilia from the University of Catania examines the altars in Sicily and Malta during the Baroque age in her study titled L’altare ‘macchina da festa’ nell’universo barocco: modelli romani in Sicilia e Malta. Francesco Frasca from the Commission Française d’Histoire Militaire Château de Vincennes writes about the geometry of war in his paper titled La geometria della guerra: evoluzioni tattiche maritime e terrestri nei secoli XVII-XVIII.

Stephen C. Spiteri, a resident academic at the International Institute for Baroque Studies, discusses D’Aleccio’s depictions of fortifications and examines whether these are a faithful representation or a product of artistic imagination. Bernard Micallef presents a paper on Giovan Francesco Buonamico – A Flâneur in Baroque Style, while Carmen Depasquale’s study is titled Anciens Usages des Maltais d’après un Guide Turistique de Malte du XVIIIe Siècle.

The journal offers a varied selection of articles from different fields, including philosophy, history of art, architecture, military history and literature. It reflects the interdisciplinary scope and approach of the International Institute for Baroque Studies and is available from all leading bookshops.

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