"Malta - The Baroque Island" is a representative survey of the rich mosaic of the island's architectural legacy during the rule of the Order of St John (1530-1798). The survey presents a broad overview of local examples in the realm of both civil architecture and military fortifications. It traces the evolution of local Baroque architecture from the austerity of the early days of the Order in Malta, during the mid-sixteenth century, to the rhetorical and sovereign posturing, that permeated the eighteenth century. The volume highlights the works of both local and foreign architects and military engineers who contributed to shaping the Maltese urban landscape. It is a tribute to the works of diverse architects such as Francesco Buonamici, Lorenzo Gafa, Romano Carapecchia, Francois de Mondion, Andrea Belli and others who produced some of the most endearing works of architecture of this period."
"The authors and photographer are to be congratulated for producing a book that contributes towards not only the understanding but also the enjoyment of this patrimony. Through its pages, we are given the opportunity to further comprehend and appreciate the rich testament left to the islands' contemporary inhabitants by their definitely more sensitive and discriminating forefathers."
Prof. Richard England