Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini

Francesca da Polenta (called Francesca da Rimini) was born in 1255 and was the daughter of Guido da Polenta 'signore' (lord) of Ravenna. Between 1275 and 1282, she married Giovanni 'Ciotto' (the lame, called 'Gianciotto') Malatesta, 'signore' of Rimini. Paolo Malatesta was born in 1246 and was one of the two younger brothers of 'Gianciotto'. In 1269, he married Orabile Beatrice, Countess of Ghiaggiolo. Became lovers, Paolo and Francesca were killed by 'Gianciotto' between 1283 and 1286.
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"La Divina Commedia di Dante Alighieri" (Dante Alighieri's 'Divina Commedia'). Fresco by Domenico Di Michelino (on a design by Alessio Baldovinetti), 1465. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Dante Alighieri tells the story of Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini in the Canto V of "Inferno", the first book of his "Divina Commedia" (1304-1321). It is believed that the double murder took place in the castle of Gradara, near Pesaro (Marche, Central Italy).

"La Divina Commedia di Dante Alighieri" (Dante Alighieri's 'Divina Commedia'). Fresco by Domenico Di Michelino (on a design by Alessio Baldovinetti), 1465. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Dante Alighieri tells the story of Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini in the Canto V of "Inferno", the first book of his "Divina Commedia" (1304-1321). It is believed that the double murder took place in the castle of Gradara, near Pesaro (Marche, Central Italy).

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Paolo and Francesca da Rimini", watercolour, 1867.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Paolo and Francesca da Rimini", watercolour, 1867.

Eugéne Deully, "Dnte et Virgile aux Enfers", originally exhibited as "Françoise de Rimini (Paolo et Francesca aux Enfiers)", 1897.

Eugéne Deully, "Dnte et Virgile aux Enfers", originally exhibited as "Françoise de Rimini (Paolo et Francesca aux Enfiers)", 1897.

Gustave Dorè, "Paolo et Francesca da Rimini", oil on canvas, 1863.

Gustave Dorè, "Paolo et Francesca da Rimini", oil on canvas, 1863.

Raffaello Matarazzo's "Paolo e Francesca" (1949), starring Odile Versois (as Francesca da Rimini), Armando Francioli (as Paolo Malatesta) and Andrea Checchi (as 'Gianciotto').

Raffaello Matarazzo's "Paolo e Francesca" (1949), starring Odile Versois (as Francesca da Rimini), Armando Francioli (as Paolo Malatesta) and Andrea Checchi (as 'Gianciotto').

Cover of the pamphlet for Raffaello Matarazzo's "Paolo e Francesca" (1949), starring Odile Versois (as Francesca da Rimini), Amando Francioli (as Paolo Malatesta) and Andrea Checchi (as 'Gianciotto').

Cover of the pamphlet for Raffaello Matarazzo's "Paolo e Francesca" (1949), starring Odile Versois (as Francesca da Rimini), Amando Francioli (as Paolo Malatesta) and Andrea Checchi (as 'Gianciotto').

Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini. Postcard. Italy, 1910s.

Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini. Postcard. Italy, 1910s.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, "Françoise de Rimini", oil on canvas, 1814.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, "Françoise de Rimini", oil on canvas, 1814.

Jean-August-Dominique Ingres, "Paolo et Francesca", 1819.

Jean-August-Dominique Ingres, "Paolo et Francesca", 1819.

Etching by Gustave Dorè for the 1857 edition of Dante Alighieri's "Divina Commedia" (1304-1321).

Etching by Gustave Dorè for the 1857 edition of Dante Alighieri's "Divina Commedia" (1304-1321).

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