Erik Nitsche: Marina San Gorg in Malta
Artist: Erik Nitsche
The strategic position of the Maltese Islands, situated at the crossroads of Europe and the Islamic World, is reflected in its overall architectural character. The synthesis of these two cultures provides the basis for the Maltese architectural and cultural identity. With the arrival of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem in the sixteenth century, the introduction of both the massive fortifications of European royalty and the intricate elegance of Islamic design were wed. The architectural culmination of this union can be seen throughout the islands, and especially in the old city of Valletta, Malta's capital. Valletta's structures contrast sharply with the modern designs championed by native-born Maltese architect, Richard England. England has been in the forefront of Malta's modern architectural movement during the past twenty years. He has designed and built most of Malta's modern buildings. This artwork depicts England's Marina San Gorg Apartments built in 1981. It relects the synthesis of Malta's architectural heritage with modern design concepts.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the Malta Europa 1987 Modern Art - Architecture stamp issued April 15, 1987.
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