Over 50 works of art by Maltese artist Anton Inglott and collected from different sources are being exhibited under one roof at a museum on Gozo.
Inglott is best known for his simple, spiritual and mystic style which he had managed to entwine into Maltese sacred art, although he had died at a young age.
This is the tryptic known as the Ave Maria by Inglott, which forms part of the Heritage Malta national collection. From the MUŻA in Valletta, the painting with three scenes representing the Madonna has been taken to Gozo for an exhibition celebrating the works of Anton Inglott, considered one of the leading Maltese artists of the last century. The exhibits include photographs, still life, country scenes, studies and sketches, including two which, in the words of Mark Sagona, a lecturer in the Department of Art and the History of Art at the University, represent the peak of Inglott’s career: the apse in the choir of Imsida parish church, showing the death of St Joseph. This work had been completed some months before the demise of the artist in 1945 at the age of 30.
“Here we see Inglott at the peak of his career. He had managed, at such a young age, to make the move from a conservative style he had learnt at the school of art under the Caruana Dingli brothers and at the Regia Academia di Belle Arti in Rome under Carlo Siviero, to a spiritual and mystic art, as a result of which he abandoned the conservative style which still dominated art in Malta and opened new avenues, particularly in Maltese sacred art.”
In Dr Sagona’s view, Anton Inglott should serve as an example to sacred art in this day and age. These works are being exhibited at the Ħaġar Museum in Rabat, Gozo until 27 November. The exhibition is organised by the Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria, with the assistance of a number of collectors under the leadership of the Heritage Malta Chairman Anton Refalo, and with the cooperation of the artist’s family.