The Visual Power of Military Architecture

In the Baroque Age


International Symposium organized by

the International Institute for Baroque Studies,

University of Malta

Venue:  The National Library, Valletta.

Date: Friday 9th October 2015


This symposium on a relatively unexplored aspect of military architecture  is the first of several public activities organised by the International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta during the academic year 2015-2016. It  sets out to explore and discuss the manner in which architects, designers, and military planners of works of military architecture during the Baroque age, sought to bring together architecture, engineering, technology, urbanism, and art in their defensive works in an attempt to endow them with aesthetic appeal. The seminar gathers together eminent scholars and researchers engaged in the study of military architecture and military urbanism, to provide a platform for an exchange of scholarship and research in this fascinating field of study.

The event will take place in the prestigious and beautiful hall of the National Library in Valletta, on 9th October 2015 from 9.00 to 5.00 pm.

Participants from overseas include Prof Maria Giuffre (University of Palermo), Prof Fernando Cobos-Guerra (Alfonso X University, Madrid), Prof Michele Virol (University of Rouen), Dr Emilie d’Orgeix (University of Bordeaux-Montaigne), and Dr Margherita Taveres (University of Lisbon). Participants from the International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta, include the director, Professor Denis De Lucca, Dr Stephen C. Spiteri, Architect Hermann Bonnici , Architect Claude Busuttil and art historian Dr Theresa Vella.

The general public is welcome to attend. To register please contact the International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta, on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 2340 2772. The registration fee is €25.00. A PDF version of the programme can be downloaded from the webpage of the International Institute for Baroque studies.


The symposium is supported by Mapfre Middlesea p.l.c., Lombard Bank (Malta) p.l.c., and Malta Libraries.






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