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The Siege of Malta: capture of St Elmo, 23 June 1565
This is the third of eight pictures commemorating the Siege of Malta in 1565. It portrays the capture of Fort St Elmo on 23 June. Fort St Elmo was captured after a siege lasting 29 days. Inside the fort, the Turks found 27 cannons which are portrayed here adorned with the Turkish flag and pointing at the Christian Fort St Angelo. The painting takes the viewer's eye over the battle to the fort and sea beyond, with a view from Mount Sceberras overlooking the Christian forts of St Elmo on the left and Birgu in the background to the right. The Turks pour through the breached walls of the castle where two parties of Knights make their last stand.
Matteo Perez d'Aleccio
- Image reference: BHC0254
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London