Sunday, 7th October, will mark the last day for two of the latest Heritage Malta exhibitions. The public is invited to take the opportunity to explore these exhibitions which cover different themes but are both located in Valletta. Entrance to both exhibitions is free of charge.
The exhibition ‘Etruscan Urns in the National Collection’ is being hosted at the National Museum of Archaeology. This is the sixth in the Espresso Exhibition Series which present selected artefacts from the reserve national collection that narrate captivating stories.
The Etruscans have often been a subject of debate among scholars since their origin was elusive, their language was unique, and the end of their race seems to have dissolved into obscurity. This Etruscan collection of four urns, one lid, and one front piece, sheds light on how these ancient people conceived the afterlife as an extension to the actual life.
Etruscans both inhumed and cremated their dead, depositing ashes in a range of containers, including cinerary urns. These urns were intended to remain in view to allow the deceased to stay present. Some were finely decorated, with figures rendered on the cinerary urns’ lids. Etruscans believed that the sculpted scenes had the power to protect the remains of the deceased contained within the urn.
The exhibition ‘Valletta and the Dominicans: a common journey’ is being hosted at the Dominican Priory. It is a collaboration between Heritage Malta, the Parish of St Mary of Porto Salvo and St Dominic. The exhibition narrates how the story of the city of Valletta has often been intertwined with that of the Dominican Community in the capital.
Following the Great Siege of 1565, when the construction of Valletta began, the Dominicans would cross from their convent in Vittoriosa to the new city in order to assist the 4,000 workers constructing the bastions. This initial presence of the Dominicans among the city’s builders, evolved into a 500 year rich and inseparable history.
The extensive exhibition covers this common journey through several artefacts which include paintings, engravings, documents, sculptures, religious vestments, and liturgical objects.
Opening hours at the National Museum of Archaeology: 09.00 – 18.00hrs (last admission: 17.30hrs).
Opening hours at the Dominican Priory: 10:00 – 16:00hrs.