‘Malta’s Earliest Known Illuminated Manuscript’ is the title of the first autumn lecture being organised by Din l-Art Helwa on Thursday the 13th of October.
The presentation by Dr. Martina Caruana discusses one of Malta’s most treasured medieval artefacts, the Codex Evangeliorum Melitensis, an illuminated Gospel book housed in the Mdina Cathedral Museum.
Following a description of the manuscript, its manufacture and later additions, the presentation will then trace the possible context within which this Norman Sicilian manuscript could have reached Malta in the light of the historical, ecclesiastical and artistic ties that Malta sustained with Sicily until its first secure documentation in Malta in 1473.
Ms Caruana holds a PhD from the Sorbonne and is specialised in illuminated manuscripts. She has lectured on this and other subjects largely of an art-historical nature at the University of Malta and various bodies including Din l-Art Helwa. She currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies within MCAST’s Institute of Art and Design.
The lecture which commences at 6 p.m. will be held at 133 Melita St, in the offices of Din l-Art Helwa. Admission is free of charge but donations to Din l-Art Helwa’s restoration programmes would be greatly appreciated.
The photograph above shows Illuminated detail from the Codex Evangeliorum Melitensis gospel according to St Luke