Exhibition - Engagements and Weddings in Gozo Past
EXHIBITION - National Archives Gozo
Triq Vajringa Victoria Gozo
29 November - 31 December
Monday - Saturday 8.00am - 12.30pm
The thirteenth exhibition at the NAG illustrates Engagements and Weddings in Gozo Past. It is divided into two sections, each of which is made up of 24 items commemorating the 24 years of the NAG. The first consists of interesting documents related to the subject; the second compliments the sources by a number of engravings and paintings related to the subject.
Worth of mention in the documents section is a copy of the earliest wedding record in Gozo. It goes back to 25 December 1556, just five years after the total devastation of Gozo by the Turks. Another describes Il-Qarċilla, the mock wedding during carnival, amply recorded by Gozo historian GPF Agius de Soldanis in the 1760s. A third is about Maria Micallef (born 1738), who holds the Gozo record for the number of marriages she contracted: a total of four.
The star exhibit in the engravings and paintings section is The Wedding Procession by Gianni Vella, an oil on canvas, on loan from the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, being exhibited in Gozo for the first time. This second section includes a full collection of the paintings depicting the Wedding of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Joseph and The Wedding at Cana found in the churches and chapels of Gozo – at the Cathedral, the National Sanctuary of Ta’ Pinu, Għarb, Xagħra, Qala, and Għasri. A number of these hiterto unknown and forgotten paintings are being evaluated in this section for the first time.
As usual, the NAG has published an exhibition catalogue, kindly sponsored by HSBC Gozo, as well as a commemorative postcard. Both are available at the venue of the exhibition at the NAG, Triq Vajrinġa, Victoria-Gozo.