Statue of António Manoel de Vilhena

Valletta, Malta

Statue of António Manoel de Vilhena

The statue of António Manoel de Vilhena is a life-sized Baroque bronze statue of António Manoel de Vilhena, a Portuguese Grand Master of the Order of St John. Commissioned in 1734 by the knight Felician de Savasse, it was sculpted by Pietro Paolo Troisi and cast by Aloisio Bouchut. In 1736 it was installed at Fort Manoel in Malta, and it was subsequently relocated a number of times. It was moved to Piazza Tesoreria in Valletta in 1858, to the entrance of The Mall gardens in Floriana in 1891, and to its present location at Pope John XXIII Square in Floriana in 1989.

The life-sized statue of Grand Master António Manoel de Vilhena was commissioned in 1734 by Felician de Savasse, a French knight of the Order of St John who was seeking the favour of the Grand Master. The statue is attributed to Pietro Paolo Troisi, who might have been appointed as Master of the Mint by Vilhena in 1736 in recognition of his work. The statue was formerly attributed to the Italian sculptor Massimiliano Soldani Benzi, but this is now regarded as unlikely.



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