National Museum of Fine Arts

National Museum of Fine Arts information

Location
Valletta , Malta
Address
Triq Nofs in-Nhar
Telephone
+356 2122 5769
Prices
adult/child €5/2.50
Opening hours
9am-5pm
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Take the icing-sugar-style sweeping staircase to begin your exploration of the fine art collections, which range from the 15th to 20th centuries. Highlights include room 8, with Guido Reni's Risen Christ , and the sinister Judith & Holophernes by Valentin de Boulogne, as well as rooms 12 and 13, which display works by Mattia Preti. Look out for the dramatic Martyrdom of St Catherine and St John the Baptist dressed in the habit of the Knights of St John.

Downstairs, room 14 contains portraits of several Grand Masters by the 18th-century French artist Antoine de Favray, including one of the imperious Manuel Pinto de Fonseca. Room 18 has scenes of Malta by 19th-century British artists, including lovely paintings of Gozo by poet Edward Lear, and a small Turner watercolour depicting a Grand Harbour scene (1830) – the museum's pride and joy. Curiously enough, Turner never visited Malta; the work is based on scenes painted by another artist.