(b. 1395, Pisa, d. 1455, Roma)

Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

c. 1445
Bronze, diameter 9 cm
Münzkabinett, Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta (1417-1468), lord of Rimini, Fano, and Cesena, one of the most noted condottieri of the age, clearly understood both the commemorative and diplomatic potential of medallic portraiture. Inspired by the medals cast in Milan, he commissioned two medals from Pisanello about 1445, which depict him in field armour and are decorated with heraldic devices. Shortly thereafter, he employed Matteo de' Pasti, who produced at least sixteen different medals bearing either his likeness or that of his mistress and later wife, Isotta degli Atti.

The obverse of the present medal shows his portrait in profile, while the reverse depicts Sigismondo Armed and Holding a Sword.

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