Conservation of wall paintings at the Palazzo de la Salle chapel

Conservation of wall paintings at the Palazzo de la Salle chapel


The Department of Conservation and Built Heritage of the University of Malta, is taking sponsors for the conservation of the uniquely surviving 18th century wall paintings. of the Chapel of Palazzo de la Salle in Valletta. The magnificent Palazzo de la Salle, was home to Knights of the Order of St John for over 300 years during the Baroque Era. It is now the seat of the Malta Society of Arts since 1923, and it’s being used for art education, exhibitions and performances. The little-known chapel of Palazzo de la Salle is decorated with stunning 1730s wall paintings, depicting some scenes of the life of St John, together with two coats of arms. These paintings are highly significant as some of the few Baroque wall paintings surviving in Malta in a domestic context. The Department has been carrying out the study and the conservation of the chapel since 2016, as a core part of the training of emerging professional conservators within the frame of our M.Sc. in Conservation of Decorative Architectural Surfaces. We started by compiling a visual glossary, doing condition mapping which was really good because you really get to know the materials before you actually start the hands-on conservation treatment. In October 2018 the Department will entrust the completion of the project to two of its recent professional graduates who have been involved since the very beginning of the project. This current and final stage of the project is crucial because it will include cleaning and re-touching of the wall paintings, and will return full legibility and aesthetic value to the paintings. after 300 years of obscurity. This will require 6 months of full-time work, after which, the paintings will be presented to the public.

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