Giuseppe Calì

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This article is about the Maltese painter. For the Italian golfer, see Giuseppe Calì (golfer).
Giuseppe Calì
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Monument to Giuseppe Calì at the Upper Barrakka Gardens
Born (1846-08-14)August 14, 1846
Died March 1, 1930(1930-03-01) (aged 83)
Nationality Maltese
Education Giuseppe Mancinelli
Alma mater Accademia delle Belle Arti
Notable work Death of Dragut
Death of Dragut by Giuseppe Calì.

Giuseppe Calì (August 14, 1846 – March 1, 1930) was a Maltese painter, born in Valletta of Neapolitan parents and educated at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Naples under Giuseppe Mancinelli. He was a prolific artist: almost every church of any consequence in Malta boasts a work of his, and according to one of his grandsons, was nicknamed ix-xitan tal-pinzell ("the Devil with the brush"). He died in Valletta and was commemorated by the Republic of Malta with a series of four postage stamps in 1996, and a coin in 2004. His son Ramiro Calì was also a painter.


  • Death of Dragut (oil on canvas, 1867), widely considered his best work, now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta
  • St Jerome and St Lawrence altarpieces (oil on canvas, 1881), Sacro Cuor parish church, Sliema.
  • Virgin of the Rosary (his first work), and Prophets, and episodes from the life of Christ in the parish church of Mosta.
  • St. Dominic altarpiece, parish church of Porto Salvo, Valletta
  • portraits of the merchant Agostino Cassar Torregini and of Judge Carbone
  • Tre Rome
  • Nativity of Jesus Christ - Luqa Parish Church
  • Saint Dominic - Luqa Parish Church
  • Saint Michael - Luqa Parish Church
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus (destroyed during World War II) - Luqa Parish Church
  • Our Lady of the Rosary - Luqa Parish Church
  • Saint Paul and Saint Catherine V.M. - Luqa Parish Church
  • Apotheosis of St. Francis, church of S. Francesco, Valletta.
  • St. Francis receiving the stigmata 1906 - private collection
  • The Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fontana parish church, Fontana, Gozo
  • The Assumption of Mary, Qrendi church
  • St. Lawrence Martyr, San Lawrenz parish, Gozo
  • Main apse, minor chapel apse and St. Joseph, St. Helen Basilica, Birkirkara
  • The Four Seasons - four putti in the entrance hall of the Alhambra - the Hispanic-Moorish terraced house (one of the two similarly styled houses) in Rudolph Street, Sliema. Houses were designed by the Maltese architect Emanuele Luigi Galizia

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