Chev. Emanuel Fiorentino was a teacher, arts critic and the author of various publications focusing of Maltese fine arts.
Emanuel was born in Birkirkara on 7 of October 1946 but during the worst days of the war, his family was relocated to Cospicua. At the University of Malta he started pursuing a course of medicine but later decided to abandon his medical studies to focus on a career as a teacher. Meanwhile, he succeeded to graduate from the University of London where he read for a degree in the History of Art. Emanuel continued studying and acquired various diplomas including a diploma in Mediterranean Studies as well as a science diploma.
Chevalier Emanuel Fiorentino was a Member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He was the resident arts critic for the Sunday Times of Malta until 1975. Among Fiorentino’s publications are his authoritative works on Giuseppe Cali 1846-1930 (1991) and Willie Apap 1918-1970 (1993).
He died on 13 January 2008 at the age of 61.