- One of the earliest buildings to be erected in Valletta after 1571 was the Palace of the Grand Master. The principal hall was known as the Sala del Maggior Consiglio and was decorated with a running frieze depicting episodes of the 1565 Great Siege of Malta when the Knights Hospitallers emerged victorious against a formidable armada of the Ottoman Turks. In 1575 the Knights entrusted this commission to Matteo Perez D`Aleccio (1547- after 1628). After his work in Malta, he published in Rome a collection of engravings, practically reproducing his frieze paintings of the Great Siege in the Palace of the Grand Master. The same copper plates were slightly worked over again by the Florentine engraver Antonio Francesco Lucini, and published in 1631. This work is one of the sixteen engravings from the set published by Lucini.
- Portraits of Grand Masters of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John from 1099 to 1636, beginning with the Blessed Gerard, who founded the Order in Jerusalem in 1099, and ending with Grand Master Antoine de Paul then still ruling.
- Inscription: Captioned in a cartouche on the bottom right hand corner of paper: "Vera Effigie de Tutti Li Gran Mastri Della Sacra Relig Di San Giovanni"
- Inscription: ENQVI /OTTOMANAS /Disiecit in aequore /LVNAS /Et minitata Polo /Cornua mersit /Aquis /VERA /EFFIGIE /DE TVTTI /LI GRAN /MASTRI /DELLA SACRA /RELIG DI SAN /GIOVANNI
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- The engraver Antonio Francesco Lucini dedicated this set of engravings to the Italian Cardinal Antonio Barberini (1607- 1671), the nephew of Pope Urban VIII (1568- 1684), who was a big patron of the arts in Italy. The artist wrote his dedication on the top left side of the first page of the set of engravings. There is also the Barberini family symbol with the three bees in the cartouch in the centre of the page. [Create]
- Lucini, Antonio Francesco [Create]
- : 44 x 58 cm (without frame)
- Baroque [Create]
- 1631 [Create]
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