The National Library of Malta will be holding its next monthly lecture on ‘Fortress Aesthetics and its Silent Poetry: The Maltese Fortified Landscape and its Representation in Art’. 

The lecture, to be delivered by Stephen C. Spiteri from the International Institute for Baroque Studies, University of Malta is part of the National Library’s series ‘Cities, Harbours, and Artefacts: transformations of an early modern landscape’.

Spiteri’s lecture will focus on the salient factors that influenced the depiction of fortifications in the early modern age. It will particularly explore Matteo Perez d’Aleccio’s representations of the fortifications of the Order of St John during the Great Siege of 1565.  

This lecture will look at how the aesthetics of such representations were influenced by the structural qualities of the different types of fortifications and their position within the landscape.

The 2018-2019 lecture series coordinated by Mevrick Spiteri and Maroma Camilleri focuses on Malta’s urban landscapes, archives and archaeology. This lecture series continues until June.

The lecture, which is free of charge, will be held tomorrow at the National Library, Valletta at 6.30pm.

Further information can be found on the National Library of Malta Facebook page: For queries, e-mail:


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