Rimini museums

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The Malatestas

Picture by Gilberto Urbinati


From a cultural and artistic point of view, Rimini lived a marvellous period in the central decades of the 15th century, when Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta (1417-1468) welcomed important humanists and artists in his cosmopolite court. The monument which best represents that season is the “Tempio Malatestiano”, where Matteo de’Pasti, Agostino di Duccio, Piero della Francesca and Leon Battista Alberti worked – often under Basinio da Parma and Roberto Valturio advice. The Museum exhibits coats of arms, medals, majolica ware, sculptures, and paintings which give evidence of that happy and “vanguard” season and of the following decades, in which, though the political and economic conditions had changed, we have evidence of generous offers of patronage by Roberto and Pandolfo IV Malatesta who inherited the Signoria from Sigismondo.