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“Hope this evolves”

National Museum of Fine Arts
Ranked #59 of 96 things to do in Valletta
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Owner description: OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at 16.30Hrs). The National Museum of Fine Arts is located at the lower end of South street (Valletta) within an area including other fine historical palaces dating from the times of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Set in a complimenting historic building, the museum presents a multifaceted overview of art and artistic expression in Malta from the late medieval period to the contemporary.Highlights from the collection on display include paintings by leading local and internationally acclaimed artists, precious Maltese silverware, statuary in marble bronze and wood, fine furniture items and splendid maiolica pieces. The collection also includes works by Joseph Mallord William Turner and Albert Bierstadt, Valentin de Boulogne, Jusepe Ribera and Guido Reni. The large piano nobile halls house works of art from the early renaissance to the high baroque with a focus on the corpus of works by the Italian baroque painter Mattia Preti. This is the biggest corpus of works by Mattia Preti on display in any public museum.
Reviewed 24 May 2013

Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I found this quite a let down. As others have noted, the collection is limited in size and scope. That didn't bother me so much, but the presentation was disappointing. Except for a couple of rooms on the ground floor and some key pieces in other parts of the museum, the displays were lacking. Most pieces give the basics of artist and title, but I wanted more historical info about the artist, the subject matter, and composition. Also, some areas are poorly lit, and one or two rooms are quite crowded. I'm hoping that this collection will evolve. Even if they don't acquire more objects, the display can definitely be enhanced.

If you're interested in religious art and know something about religious symbolism, you will probably find this a pleasant way to spend an hour. For those interested in Mattia Pretti, know that some of his key pieces are currently. The building itself is very nice. Make a point of looking up at the ceilings and spaces over the doors as some of these have artwork. People who are tight on time and are getting their fill of religious art and portraits of Grand Masters at other sites should consider passing this one in favor of other sites.

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Reviewed 19 April 2013

A lovely building in its own right. Paintings from the 15th - 20th century. Some lovely stuff by Edward Lear.

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Reviewed 9 February 2013

... so feel free to ignore our review ...

We were disappointed here. The classical section was predominantly focused and drawn from C16-17 Baroque and we missed much reference to Renaissance and early religious art. Given Malta'a history, a more varied collection would have been more interesting.

Sorry ...

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Reviewed 1 February 2013 via mobile

Nothing mind-blowing, but some engaging pieces. Over three floors, art works as well as furniture, statues and sculptures.

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Reviewed 6 January 2013

There's not much to see in the museum, one Tintoretto and a Turner is all, the rest are mostly second and third-tier artists.
The lightning in the museum is very bad, so it's quite hard to really feel the paintings.

Thank BorisIB
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