Death of Dragut

Death of Dragut is an oil painting by the Maltese artist Giuseppe Calì, from 1867. It depicts the death of the Ottoman general Dragut during the Great Siege of Malta in 1565.

Death of Dragut
Giuseppe Calì, Death of Dragut.jpg
ArtistGiuseppe Calì
Year1867 (1867)
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions225 cm × 170 cm (89 in × 67 in)
LocationMUŻA, Valletta, Malta


It measures 225 x 170 cm, and is in the collection of MUŻA in Valletta, Malta.


The painting was Calì's signature work. It depicts the episode during the Great Siege of Malta, when the Muslim Commander Dragut was fatally wounded. During bombardment of Fort St. Elmo, in June 1565, a shot from Fort St. Angelo, across the Grand Harbour, struck the ground close to the Turkish battery.[1] However, conflicting views exist which hold that the fatal siege fire originated from within the Ottoman Encampment.[2]

The painting shows the influence of Domenico Morelli, and Eugène Delacroix. It was painted in 1867, on Cali's return to Malta after his two years in Naples. It was bought by the Government.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Death of Dragut". Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  2. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Fascinating new insights into Great Siege legends". Times of Malta. Retrieved 2016-04-28.