Giuseppe Cali’ mono-painting exhibition’ in Victoria this week

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Giuseppe Cali' mono-painting exhibition' in Victoria this weekAn exhibition of the prestigious painting by Giuseppe Cali’ depicting the Death of Dragut is being organised by the National & Regional Celebrations Committee (Ministry for Gozo), courtesy of Heritage Malta to commemorate the Seige of Gozo in July 1551.

The painting which will be exhibited was one of Cali`s works that really made his name, and it is still considered a landmark of his life`s work and one of Giuseppe Cali`s best works. Painted in 1867, on his return to Malta after his two year stay in Naples, and it was immediately bought by the Government to be placed in the Palace Armoury in Valletta.

The painting depicts the well known episode during the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, when the Muslim Commander Dragut (the same commander who led the Siege on Gozo in 1551) was severely injured. During one of the bombardments of Fort St. Elmo by the Turks, in June 1565, a cannon shot from Fort St. Angelo, across the Grand Harbour, struck the ground close to the Turkish battery and mortally injured Dragut, who died a few days later. Malta eventually won against the Turks.

Due to the painting`s subject matter, which tends to evoke nationalistic sentiments, and due to its high quality, it enhanced great popularity. The painting shows the artists influence from the Neapolitan Romantic painter Domenico Morelli (1823- 1901) and from the French Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix (1798 – 1863), who had also visited North Africa and Turkey and painted several oriental scenes.

The National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta) house this important and suggestive painting which is signed and dated : ” G. Cali, 1867.”

The Mono-painting exhibition, which is taking place at the Banca Giuratale Foyer, Independence Square, Victoria, will be open from Wednesday, the 24th July, until Sunday the 28th July.

The opening hours are from 8.00am until 1.00pm.

For more information, please call on 22156700 or email

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