Her­itage Malta offers a new web­site about clas­si­cal sculp­ture in the na­tional col­lec­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Her­itage Malta in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pro­fes­sor An­thony Bo­nanno launched a new web­site in the form of an on­line cat­a­logue which ex­plores some of the finest and most sig­nif­i­cant pieces of sculp­ture in the na­tional col­lec­tion.

Since its foun­da­tion in the early years of the 20th cen­tury the Na­tional Museum of Ar­chae­ol­ogy has col­lected an ap­pre­cia­ble num­ber of items of sculp­ture of the Clas­si­cal age, some from its own ex­ca­va­tions, oth­ers do­nated to it by pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als. But even be­fore that, a set of fine pieces of mar­ble por­trait stat­u­ary had been dis­cov­ered in­side the re­mains of an out­stand­ing Ro­man do­mus at Ra­bat in 1881.

Th­ese were housed in a lo­cal museum spe­cially built to pro­tect a sec­tion of those re­mains, for­merly the Museum of Ro­man An­tiq­ui­ties, now the Do­mus Ro­mana Museum. Like sim­i­lar col­lec­tions of Gre­coRo­man sculp­tures in var­i­ous mu­se­ums in Europe and be­yond, th­ese sculp­tures needed to be brought to the at­ten­tion of the sci­en­tific world and the public in gen­eral through a proper pub­li­ca­tion.

Pro­fes­sor An­thony Bo­nanno has been build­ing up this cat­a­logue since his com­pi­la­tion of a doc­toral dis­ser­ta­tion at the Univer­sity of Palermo in 1971, up­dat­ing each item in re­sponse to a sus­tained pro­duc­tion of new stud­ies and pub­lished cat­a­logues, and grad­u­ally mak­ing new dis­cov­er­ies on var­i­ous groups of sculp­tures, which he pub­lished in var­i­ous ar­ti­cles and books.

As a re­sult of th­ese new ob­ser­va­tions, for ex­am­ple, it be­came pos­si­ble to com­bine a por­trait of Em­peror Claudius with its re­spec­tive larger-than-life-size statue, and an­other por­trait bust of a beau­ti­ful young wo­man to its re­spec­tive draped torso.

The need for a proper, com­pre­hen­sive cat­a­logue of all the Gre­coRo­man sculp­tures, how­ever, was never given up though, en­cum­bered by a busy teach­ing re­search and ad­min­is­tra­tive com­mit­ment, its re­al­iza­tion as a printed cat­a­logue be­came in­creas­ingly un­re­al­is­tic.

For this rea­son, the idea of an on­line cat­a­logue, which was freely and glob­ally ac­ces­si­ble to a much wider au­di­ence and which could eas­ily be con­stantly up­dated, was con­ceived and pro­posed by the au­thor to Her­itage Malta, the State agency in charge of the cus­tody and man­age­ment of the coun­try’s mu­se­ums and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal her­itage.

Her­itage Malta em­braced the idea and ral­lied the re­quired lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port for the re­al­iza­tion of this project. The re­sult is the present web­page of Her­itage Malta, in­clud­ing some of the finest and most sig­nif­i­cant pieces of sculp­ture in the na­tional col­lec­tion, to which fur­ther items will be added as they are com­pleted with the re­spec­tive up­dated bib­li­og­ra­phy over next cou­ple of years.

This on­line cat­a­logue is avail­able at www.her­itage­malta.org/clas­si­calsculp­ture/

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