The visiting His Most Eminent Highness Fra’ Giacomo dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Most Humble Guardian of the Poor of Jesus Christ was born 9th December 1944 in Rome, Italy.
He is the 80th and current Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He was elected by the Council Complete of State on 2nd May 2018 and took the oath of office on 3rd May 2018.
Dalla Torre took over from Fra’ Matthew Festing who resigned as Prince and Grand Master on 29 April 2017. Following the resignation, Torre was elected acting head of the Order of Malta as Lieutenant of the Grand Master. He held this position for three months until 2 May 2018.
Dalla Torre is a member of a comital family originally from Treviso. His father Paolo Dalla Torre (1910–1993), was an art historian and Director General of the Vatican Museums from 1961 to 1975.
His grandfather Giuseppe Dalla Torre (1885–1967) was a journalist and director of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano from 1920 to 1960.
The current Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta studied Christian archaeology and art history at the Sapienza University of Rome. He was Chief Librarian and Archivist at the Pontifical Urban University, where he taught classical Greek. He has published widely on medieval art history.
The archaeology and art history became a Knight of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Order in 1985 and took vows as a Knight of Justice in 1993. He was elected Grand Prior of Lombardy and Venice in 1994. He held the position till 1999 when he became member of the Sovereign Council until 2004.
In 2004 Dalla Torre was elected Grand Commander of the Order. He later became Lieutenant ad interim (acting head of the Order) upon the death of the 78th Prince and Grand Master, Fra’ Andrew Bertie on 7 February 2008. He held the position till the election of the 79th Prince and Grand Master, Fra’ Matthew Festing, on 11 March.
Dalla Torre was elected Grand Prior of Rome on 24 January 2009. He was re-elected Grand Prior of Rome on 12 February 2015 and held the position until he was elected Lieutenant of the Grand Master in 2017.