Ferruccio Farina


Lord of Rimini

The feats, face and fame of a Renaissance Prince

with a foreword by Remo Bodei


240 pages, 138 color illustrations


English edition

Includes a synopsis of principal contents in english language


The book will be presented in Los Angeles
during the Congress



The extraordinary Renaissance court of Sigismondo Malatesta Lord of Rimini


UCLA CMRS and JPGM | Los Angeles, 26-27 January 2018




The book aims to guide specialist or non-specialist readers, who know little or nothing of the Malatesta's history, through the biography of Sigismondo, one of the most celebrated princes of the Renaissance; it also wishes to avoid the stereotypes that have all too often constrained a clear view of the man.

The book traces the history of this figure, unconditioned by the reputation that has accompanied him for six centuries and that has transformed him from a man of history into a character of fantasy and legend.

He has sometimes been evoked as a devilish wretch capable of the most shameful actions and a hero whose feats would sit well in ancient mythology. Two extremes that originate, either directly or indirectly, through a courtier’s flattery, pro- or anti-papism or just historiographical inactivity sourced from the perverted media campaign launched by the skillful Pius II, who was unbelievably envious of him.

This source was tainted, as this book shows, yet still today it continues to appeal thanks to the pontifical seal and the attraction of the contradictions that it encapsulates - lust and mysticism, violence and poetry, heroism and turpitude.

Of course, Sigismondo was neither a saint nor anything resembling one.

He possessed the vices and virtues of a man of war and wielded power in his day. He was violent and relentless in battle, shrewd in politics. Often inclined to excesses.

But, undoubtedly, he was not the monster of evil depicted by the legend that Pius propagated, and still believed by many.

He was, like so many, a valiant military leader, a magnificent prince, a generous patron, a humanist who liked to read the greats classical writers and compose verses, who sought out the company of scholars and dreamed of splendor.

But more than this.

At the dawn of the Renaissance, in one of the most revolutionary and exciting moments of Western civilization, he was a brave and innovative protagonist.

His greatest undertaking stands as a testimony to this: the Malatestian Temple.


The volume is organized in four sections:


Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta. A humanist prince between history and legend
that traces the profile of this condottiero and prince, lord of Rimini

His face, 1439-1468
a gallery of portraits contemporary to his lifetime, with data and comments

His achievements: when and how
a timeline of his actions with bibliographic notes.


Reputation: praise and invective between the 15th and 20th centuries
anthology of texts from documents, chronicles, stories and works of narrative.


In the cover:

Agostino di Duccio, Sigismundi vera est victoris imago, fine 1454, inizi

1455. Marmo, cm 89. Particolare del bassorilievo sul coperchio dell’Arca

degli Antenati e dei Discendenti. Cappella della Madonna dell’Acqua.

Rimini, Tempio Malatestiano. Riproduzione da un calco in gesso conservato

al Museo della Città di Rimini “Luigi Tonini”. Foto di Casalboni &

Delucca Fotografi.