The discovery of the large number of photographs included in this book, many of which are appearing for the first time, make Antonio Sciortino – The Lost Album, a major breakthrough in our understanding of the artist and his art. Sciortino is the only Maltese sculptor to have acquired an international reputation since Melchiorre Cafà in the seicento. Sciortino would count as one of the few, the very few, whose name has some resonance in the world art scene and therefore a claim to international stature. We owe it to our collective sense of pride, if not to his memory, to discover his insights and advertise his genius. That will canonise him and fortify us.
Antonio Sciortino – The Lost Album has many claims to recognition. It lifts the veil of oblivion off a number of Sciortino’s works, hitherto unknown and unrecorded. The reader discovers important works by the sculptor which had been forgotten making his documented oeuvre richer than ever before. This album meticulously studied by Gerard Bugeja fills a void in the knowledge necessary to evaluate the artist more holistically.