WATCH: Ceiling painting at Chapel of St Paul’s Conversion in B’Kara has been restored
A restoration project on the ceiling painting at the chapel dedicated to the conversion of St Paul’s in B’Kara valley is now complete. This painting is by Ġużeppi Briffa while the restoration was carried out by Atelier Del Restauro.
The restoration has taken a year and a half. The process began with an evaluation of the various problems which were found including that of acidic chemicals which had caused damage to the painting.
The Chapel’s rector Fr Nicholas Doublet said that the painting recounts chapters from the life of St Paul Apostle in Malta, and the ordination of the first Maltese Bishop.
Dun Nicholas said that Briffa used to live close to the chapel and had a unique connection with it. He said Briffa began working on it in 1944, when the chapel was frequented by many Maltese refugees who went to live in Birkirkara during the war.
The restoration was carried out with the help of many collaborators including the Bank of Valletta which has helped out with financing from its Social Responsibility Fund.