The Mdina Cathedral Museum boasts one of the most important public collections of the early German prints. Many visitors are taken by surprise by the sheer magnitude of the collection of engravings and woodcuts. The extent and range of these prints, and the quality of many of the individual impressions, especially of the woodcuts, are indeed overwhelming. Dürer in Malta celebrates not only the 79 prints in the Dürer collection but also prints by other German contemporary artists, including those in the national collection.
Dürer in Malta is a welcome addition to the rich bibliography on the Mdina Cathedral Museum’s Dürer Collection and will inspire further initiatives for more research on the Museum’s collection of prints and Old Master drawings. Written by Rev Fr John Azzopardi, it includes a comprehensive updated catalogue based on recent research of the German print collection at the Museum which was updated by Joe P. Borg. For the first time the prints are being listed in a chronological sequence in context with other Dürer collections worldwide. The works of art have been specifically photographed for this book. Dürer in Malta also relates the fascinating story as to how this collection came to be bequeathed to the Cathedral.