The publication presented here is the first truly collective attempt to study the work of the Melchiorre Cafà. In a variety of studies, it discusses specific and synoptic issues related to his oeuvre. These are especially concerned with placing the artist’s work within the wider contexts of stylistic and patronage patterns and includes important tudies dedicated to the critical reception (or fortuna critica) reserved to his work, to bibliographic surveys, and to scientific, technical, and conversation aspects. It also presents a check-list of works by (or attributed to) the artist; this check-list of works by (or attributed to) the artist; this check-list aims at establishing a critical repertory of his oeuvre.
This publication is largely the outcome of an international Conference (and a small exhibition) on the artist held in Malta in October 2003 and organised by the University of Malta and the Valletta Rehabilitation Project, with the help of Heritage Matla and other sponsors. It is the result of the communal effort of a select group of scholars who, for the past years, have researched, worked, discussed, and shared their insights on the artist.