John Scerri
An artist's virtual voyage in acrylics.
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From the Grandmasters palace Valletta
While on vacation in Malta in May of 2010, I took a set of photos of paintings which exist in semi-circular spaces above windows in the corridors of the Palace of the Grandmasters in Valletta.

They show scenes of different locations in Malta and Gozo as they were over 150 years ago. Actually the artist who painted them reproduced them from other paintings of various provenance.

After manipulating the photos because of the low angle at which I took them, I interpreted each of them in acrylic on board 24" X 12" as seen below.

Wignacourt Tower St Paul's Bay

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Customs House and Bastions below Upper Barracca

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Cittadella (citadel) Victoria Gozo

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Mdina and Saqqajja hill

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Casa Leoni Santa Venera

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Verdala Palace Buskett

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Mgarr Harbour Gozo with Fort Chambray

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Porta del Monte (Marina Gate) Valletta

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Inspired by Luigi Maria Galea
Many artists have painted the Maltese Luzzu or fishing boat in the past but none like Luigi Maria Galea. Before the era of machines, Luzzu boats which are similar to the Balearic islands Llauds, moved with the power of Lateen sails.

They plied the seas around Malta from Italy to North Africa bringing in fish in season and some still do though powered by inboard motors. They also served as workhorses moving goods and passengers between the two islands of Malta and Gozo before we had the first ferries.

A couple of larger ones nowadays are also used for tours around the islands or within the harbours.

LUZZU ENTERING HARBOUR

Acrylic on Canvas 16" X 20"

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LUZZU LEAVING HARBOUR

Acrylic on Canvas 16" X 20"

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LUZZU IN HARBOUR

Acrylic on Canvas 12" X 16"

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Inspired by other artists
Other 19th Century and early 20th Century artists painted scenes of the Grand Harbour, many including sailing ships with unfurled sails or otherwise. Among these are Charles F de Brocktorff and E Caruana Dingli. The latter, though well known for his portraiture, painted fascinating scenes with boats and busy harbour scenes.
SAILING SHIP - HMS Indus (After Brocktorff)

Acrylic on Canvas 20" X 18"

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KINGSGATE EARLY 1800s (After Brocktorff)

Acrylic on Canvas 30" X 24"

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HARBOUR SCENE #1 (After E C Dingli)

Acrylic on Canvas 16" X 12"

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HARBOUR SCENE #2 (After E C Dingli)

Acrylic on Canvas 16" X 12"

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LUZZU (After E C Dingli)

Acrylic on Canvas 9.5" X 12"

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