MALTA Giuseppe Cali’ apse painting undergoing restoration

The monumental painting by the talented and prolific Maltese artist Giuseppe Calì (1846-1930), that decorates the main apse of Stella Maris parish church in Sliema is undergoing extensive restoration.

The painting, which was executed in the artist’s romantic academic style, is entitled The Virgin of Stella Maris with Pope Leo XIII and is signed and dated 1889 in the bottom right-hand corner. In 2011, the parish priest, Fr Joe Bartolo, entrusted ReCoop Ltd with the restoration, which is being directed by conservator Roderick Abela.

The large scaffolding erected in the choir and apse was installed by the Resources and Rural Affairs Ministry.