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Orientalism, Chinoiserie and Japonisme

Portrait du Père Tanguy

At a time when few people could travel outside their own countries, artists began to borrow from the art of Japan, China and the Orient, incorporating it into their works and bringing about a new style in architecture, painting, textiles, furniture and interior design.  Most famously, artists such as Monet, Degas and Whistler included Asian design into their paintings.  When Van Goh painted Portrait du Père Tanguy, he reproduced some of his own collection of Japanese prints into the backround.  Fascinated with the art of Asia, and a specialist in the study of Japanese art and artis

DFASinMalta brings art restoration expert to Malta

Our next guest, Julia Korner, is a specialist and lecturer in fine art conservation and restoration of paintings, sculptures and frames.  During her 20 years at Christie's as a paintings specialist, gaining extensive knowledge of Old Masters and of British, European and American paintings from the 1700s on.  Julia has worked independently in her own studio in West London for museums, private collectors and institutions since 1997.  Here, she and her small team give specialist conservation work and personal expert attention.
 

The Conservation of Paintings

When we gaze at the wonderful paintings in museums, we sometimes forget how much work has been done to preserve these works.  Not only paintings, but frames need restoration as well.  DFASinMalta’s lecturer, Julia Korner, will take us step by step though the methods of conserving paintings, frames and sculptures.  Join us on Thursday 28 February at 6.30pm at the Salini Resort in St Paul’s Bay.  Admission is free for members and open to the public for a fee of €15.  Contact Nicky Stilon  at maltadfas@gmail.com for reservations.

More Russian than the Russians:  Catherine the Great

lecturer Anne-Marie Mancio

Trained as an artist before gaining a PhD in Art and Critical Theory from the University of Sussex, Anne-Marie Mancio has lectured in art history for the City Lit, Tate Modern, the Course, Art in London, London Art Salon, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Nth Degree Club and many private art societies.  Fascinated with the art and history of Russia, she will present to us the greatest female leader of Russia, Catherine the Great.  Join us on Thursday, 10 January at 6.30pm at the Salini Resort in St Paul’s Bay.  Admission is free for members and open to the public for a fee of €15.  Contact Nicky

More Russian than the Russians:  Catherine the Great

Empress of Russia from 1762 until 1796, Catherine the Great was a patron of the arts, literature, and education.  Under her reign, Russia was revitalized; it grew larger and stronger, and was recognized as one of the great powers of Europe.  For DFASinMalta’s next lecture, Marie-Anne Mancio will show us how Catherine the Great, founding academies and libraries, commissioning buildings and gardens, brought Russia into a Golden Age.  Join us on 10 January at 6.30pm at the Salini Resort in St Paul’s Bay.  Admission is free for members and open to the public f

The Boy Who Bit Picasso

Antony Penrose first met Picasso as a child when the artist visited the Penrose family home in East Sussex in 1950. They became instant friends and invented their own boisterous games. In the excitement Antony bit Picasso, but it did not spoil the friendship and during the many visits he made to Picasso’s homes in France Antony felt very much at home. He loved the menagerie of pets – the live ones and those Picasso made as sculptures that seemed alive. Antony’s parents were Roland Penrose, the curator and biographer of Picasso, and Lee Miller, the photographer.

From Downton to Gatsby - Jewellery & Fashion from 1890 to 1929

DFASinMalta has the good fortune to have Andrew Prince for the opening lecture of our new season.  Interested in jewellery at an early age, Andrew started work in London's Bond Street, working for the Antiques Roadshow expert Ian Harris.  Under his guidance, Prince developed an appreciation for jewels that were valued for their quality of design and craftsmanship, rather than for how much the stones in the piece were worth.  Private commissions then started to trickle in, one thing led to another, and Andrew's jewellery began appearing in film.  His creations have graced Mrs Henderson P

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From Downton to Gatsby - Jewellery & Fashion from 1890 to 1929

For the series Downton Abbey, Andrew Prince was commissioned to produce many jewels for the main characters.  This inspired him to create a talk based on Downton and the changing styles of the time portrayed.  The great fashion houses collaborated with the finest of jewelers of the period to produce works of art of outstanding quality and glittering opulence.  The Arts Society of Malta has the good fortune to have Mr Prince for the opening lecture of our new season.  Our lecture will be at the Salini Resort, St Paul’s Bay at 6.30pm.  The lecture is free for members and ope

National Archives Conservation Project 2018

This year DFASinMalta chose to help the National Archives in Rabat to conserve part of the collection of Vincenzo Mario Pellegrini, donated to the archives by his son, Gabriel Pellegrini.  Vincenzo Maria Pellegrini (1911-1997) was a particularly erudite notary who contributed to the Maltese cultural scene with a number of articles, compositions of music and poetry as well as his own artistic compositions.  He collected the works of his artist friends and was very involved in the contemporary Maltese cultural environment.

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