The Siege of Malta:Turkish bombardment of Birgu, 6 July 1565
This is the fifth of eight pictures commemorating the Siege of Malta in 1565. The back of the canvases bear the cipher of Charles I indicating that they were once in his collection. The set as a whole is a version of the larger series still in place in the Council Chamber of the Grand Master's Palace in Valletta. It portrays the siege of Birgu and the battery of the Post of Castille on 6 July 1565. The Turkish batteries assault the posts of the Castilian and German Knights in Birgu. In this picture, the viewpoint has shifted over to the right, looking straight over Mount Salvadore to Fort St Elmo. The battery on Mount Salvadore is mounted and firing to the left against Birgu and St Angelo, which is also menaced by five row-barges rounding the point from three large ships lying to the right of Mount Salvadore.
Matteo Perez d'Aleccio
- Image reference: BHC0256
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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