Matteo Perez d’Aleccio: The Siege of Malta: Siege and Bombardment of Saint Elmo, late sixteenth century. Roger Crowley describes this painting in Empires of the Sea: ‘On May 27, 1565, the Ottoman army converges on Saint Elmo. White turbans swarm up the Sciberras Peninsula; to the right, miners and siege engineers lug up materials and tools; to the left, shrouded corpses are carried off to their tents; center foreground, the pashas discuss tactics, flanked by janissaries with arquebuses.’