Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta
Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, “Signore” of Rimini since 1432. Born in 1417, died in 1467.
Matteo de’ Pasti
Medallist, Sculptor, Painter. Verona, 1405-1467.
Matteo de’ Pasti lived mainly at the court of the Malatesta in Rimini.
Obverse: · SIGISMVNDVS · PANDVLVVS · DE · MALATESTIS · S · RO · ECLESIE · C · GENERALIS · Bust to the left wearing cuirass and surcoat.
Reverse: Female figure (symbolizing Fortitude), wearing cuirass and long tunic, seated facing out in a meadow on a seat, the sides of which are formed by foreparts of elephants; holding in both hands a broken column. Below · M · CCCC · XLVI ·
Cast in 1446, one of many made during the artist’s permanence with the Malatesta.
- 79.2 mm. Bronze cast.
- Good patina, more wear on reverse.
- Hill 178.