L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Friday, March 3, 2017

Maltese ladies - selected paintings by Antoine de Favray

Une jeune femme maltaise (Portrait of a Young Maltese Lady), circa 1750s.

De Favray was born in 1706 in the village of Bagnolet, on the outskirts of Paris, but after several years of study in Rome, he moved to Malta in 1744. He became Malta's most important artist; except for the nine years he spent in Constantinople (1764-1771) he would spend the remainder of his life there, dying fifty-four years later in 1798. He is best remembered for his Turkish genre scenes and portraits. Only second to that, he's known for his Maltese genre paintings, his portraits of dignitaries of the Knights of Malta (Knights Hospitaller), and those of the Maltese ladies, featuring their distinctive dress.

The Visit, circa 1750-51.
Dr. Salvatore Bernard, his Wife and Son, 1759.
La Visite de dames maltaises à l'accouchée, Madame Loth, circa 1750s.
The Mirabita Sisters, circa 1759.


  1. Exquisite. I kind of melt a little when I see such beauty. Thank you.