The Role and Symbolism of Flowers in Maltese Art: Exploring National Floral Depictions
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A complex study by Glorian Micallef-Grimaud presented in an accessible manner, "The Role and Symbolism of Flowers in Maltese Art", spans centuries of floral depictions in paintings and as decorations on ornamental objects. Drawing upon art displayed in Malta’s main parish churches, filial chapels, collections in Malta’s main museums and others from private collections, Glorian Micallef-Grimaud details the species of floral depictions and thematic interpretations, interspersed with historical anecdotes from various cultures, mythologies, religions and traditions. Roses, lilies and tulips comprise the main floral depictions in the paintings, which are discussed within historical, artistic, symbolic and botanical contexts. Spanning centuries, countries and artists, the book, which appeals to both amateur and professional artists and art connoisseurs, brings the artistic floral details in Maltese art to the fore, inviting deeper observation and understanding.
“For centuries, Man has used flowers and foliage for decorative purposes or for their symbolic annotations to convey messages. Glorian Micallef-Grimaud focuses on painting as well as other art forms to narrate the social history of Floral Art. She masterly leads the reader to reflect on the principles of art design underlying floral bouquets in their historical context and to unlock indirect mystical suggestion and ideas in various flower species. Micallef-Grimaud is a leading artist and an international adjudicator on Floral Art.” - Lino Borg, Artist, Author, Lecturer