October auction highlight:
Giuseppe Grech (1755-1787)
Sepia oil painting on canvas
The Last Supper: The Sacrament of Communion, with St Michael and St Joseph
Born in Valletta on the 8th of November 1755, son of Gaetano and Anna They. He studied art under Rocco Buhagiar. After completing several decorations in the Grand Master’s Palace with his brother Antonio, he was recommended by the famous French painter, Antoine Favray to further his studies at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. In 1783 he won a gold medal for his painting: Christ and the Temple Sellers. This canvas today is at the Fine Arts Museum in Valletta. His fame grew so much that in 1787, he was recommended to decorate the ceiling of the Metropolitan Cathedral at Imdina. This did not materialize because he died before the contract was due to be signed..
He died in Rome on the 19th of September 1787 and was buried in the Church of San Lorenzo in Lucina.
Ref: L-Arti fil-Knejjes minn Mitt Pittur Malti, [Art in Churches by 100 Maltese Painters] A short biography of 100 Maltese painters and their works in Churches.)
Further reading can be found at http://maltahistory.eu5.net/hw/hw19943.html