Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta in prayer in front of St. Sigismund

The rectangular fresco has been realized within the Church of San Francesco in Rimini, better known as the “Malatesta Temple” for its monumental classical size. At the center of the fresco is located Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta kneeling, profile and with clasped hands portrayed, while praying St. Sigismund, his patron. Early work of the master of perspective, the fresco shows behind Sigismund the family castle, which bears his name. The fresco has a clear value both religious and political.
Piero della Francesca carefully planned every detail before facing the wall. A single document that allows us to reconstruct the phases of his work is the so-called ‘sinopia’ by Piero della Francesca, actually the “arriccio”, with a few strokes preparatory to the fresco, which is in the Cell of the Relics, among the first and the second right chapel. The environment also collects some artifacts from the tomb of Sigismund.



Malatesta Temple
Via Quattro novembre, 35
47900 Rimini
+ 39 0541 51130
The visit to the Malatesta Temple is free and is prohibited only during services, on these occasions the church is not open to an hour before the Mass, to pray the rosary.
The Cell of the Relics can be visited on request (tel. +39 0541 51130).