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Heritage Malta’s latest publication, entitled ‘Antoine Camilleri’s Prayer: A Critical Analysis’, offers a unique journey into celebrated local artist Antoine Camilleri’s world through an in-depth analysis of his work ‘Prayer’.

Penned by Professor Joseph Paul Cassar, who personally experienced the artwork in its making and was involved in several discussions with the artist regarding its main concepts, this publication offers a new approach on how to study Antoine Camilleri. Cassar chooses to focus on just this one artwork from 1982, as in his opinion it encapsulates the entire oeuvre of the artist.

‘Prayer’ is a mature work, executed when the artist was 60 years old and at a very prolific period in his career and represents the artist in his studio known as the ‘Kantina’, which was a cellar in Valletta. Many works he produced hang along the walls of the arched studio. 

This publication is an intimate study of it, providing a closer, more comprehensive look at its content, and an appreciation and a better understanding of Antoine Camilleri’s genius.

The interested public is invited for the book’s official launch, taking place on Wednesday 24th January 2024 at MUŻA, at the Auberge d’Italie in Merchant’s Street, Valletta, at 18.00. No booking is required. Heritage Malta’s Chairman Mr Mario Cutajar will be present for this event together with author Professor Cassar.

During the book launch Professor Cassar will discuss his findings and research on the said piece and sign the book which will be for sale for the special discounted price of €20. The book can also be purchased on Heritage Malta’s online store:, and will soon also be available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites at €25.

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