Cities and Centers of Art
Rimini e Cesena
La Romagna dei Malatesta
Texts by Antonio Paolucci, Rosita Copioli, Silvia Ronchey
2018 / 204 PAGES
A tour through the Romagna of the Malatesta family, to discover its wonders: the Roman remains, the Malatesta Temple by Leon Battista Alberti, the church of Sant’Agostino and the Malatesta Novello Library.
The volume features the Romagna of the Malatesta family, with its history and artistic wonders. Like a Pausanias of our time, the art historian Antonio Paolucci, from Rimini, accompanies the reader on a domestic periegesis, street by street, building by building; from the traces of city's central role in Roman times to the Malatesta Temple, commissioned by Sigismondo Malatesta and masterfully designed by Leon Battista Alberti as a monument intended to celebrate, all together, St. Francis, the ancient gods, the ancient zodiacal wisdom and, as a sort of Taj Mahal for Isotta degli Atti; the church of Sant'Agostino, one of the most valuable testimonials to the origins of the Rimini school of painting is refined and exquisite; the Malatesta Library is a perfect document of 15th-century Humanism. And again, Rosita Copioli, also from Rimini, shows us local myths and genealogies - from prehistory to Fellini - in an irresistible whirlwind of reflections, references and revelations; finally, Silvia Ronchey presents a monographic study on the relationship between the Malatesta family and the Peloponnese, at the time when Byzantium was dying out and the gods were appearing again in the West.