Fra’ Giacomo dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto – Picture by Order of Malta.
Wednesday, 29 April 2020, Rome, Italian Republic: The Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta announced the demise of the 80th Grand Master and Sovereign Prince, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto.
He perished following an incurable disease diagnosed back in January 2020.
According to article 17 of the Constitution of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Grand Commander Fra’ Ruy Gonçalo do Valle Peixoto de Villas Boas has assumed the functions of ‘Lieutenant ad interim’, and shall remain head of the Sovereign Order until the election of the new Grand Master.
Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto was born in Rome on 9 December 1944. He graduated in Literature and Philosophy from the Sapienza University of Rome, specialising in Christian archaeology and art history. He held academic positions in the Pontifical Urbaniana University, teaching classical Greek, and also served as chief librarian and archivist for the university’s important collections. He has published a range of academic articles and essays on aspects of mediaeval art history.