The Inquisitor’s Porcelain in 18th Century Malta is an exhibition on display at the Inquisitor’s Palace in Vittoriosa and focuses on an important collection of porcelain fragments and stone artefacts that were found in the palace itself.
In the 18th century, porcelain was synonymous with the eating habits of the rich, so much so that it was found in the most important residences. Known as white gold, the finest porcelain was used as a means to impress. An exhibition recently inaugurated at the Inquisitor’s Palace throws light on the privileged life of the Inquisitor.
Curator Kenneth Cassar says the Inquisitor was influential and had many powers. At that time, in addition to bringing people to justice and acting as judge, the Inquisitor was also the apostolic delegate representing the pope.
The exhibition consists of porcelain and remains found from excavations carried out in the palace of the former Inquisitor during the last 20 years.
The Porcelain also throws light on the usages of Maltese high society at the time.
At the opening of the exhibition, Minister responsible for Culture Dr. Owen Bonnici said that this exhibition was another way to of shedding light on historical aspects, which perhaps are not so well known. He said that part of Malta’s cultural strategy was to ensure that our community has access to the island’s history and heritage.