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

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

Henri Martin, "Paolo Malatesta et Francesca da Rimini aux enfers", oil on canvas, 1883.

Henri Martin, "Paolo Malatesta et Francesca da Rimini aux enfers", oil on canvas, 1883.

Giuseppe Frascheri, "Dante e Virgilio incontrano Paolo e Francesca" [Dante and Vergilius meet Paolo and Francesca], oil on canvas, 1846.

Giuseppe Frascheri, "Dante e Virgilio incontrano Paolo e Francesca" [Dante and Vergilius meet Paolo and Francesca], oil on canvas, 1846.

Ary Scheffer, "Francesca da Rimini en Paolo Malatesta aanschouwd door Dante en Vergilius" [Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta appraised by Dante and Vergilius], 1854.

Ary Scheffer, "Francesca da Rimini en Paolo Malatesta aanschouwd door Dante en Vergilius" [Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta appraised by Dante and Vergilius], 1854.

Gustave Doré, etching for the 1857 edition of Dante Alighieri's "Divina Commedia" (1304-1321).

Gustave Doré, etching for the 1857 edition of Dante Alighieri's "Divina Commedia" (1304-1321).

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Francesca da Rimini", watercolor on paper, 1855.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Francesca da Rimini", watercolor on paper, 1855.

Alexandre Cabanel, "La morte de Francesca da Rimini et de Paolo Malatesta", oil on canvas, 1870.

Alexandre Cabanel, "La morte de Francesca da Rimini et de Paolo Malatesta", oil on canvas, 1870.

Joseph Noel Paton, "The Murder of Paolo and Francesca", before 1901.

Joseph Noel Paton, "The Murder of Paolo and Francesca", before 1901.

Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee, "Paolo and Francesca", oil on canvas, 1894.

Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee, "Paolo and Francesca", oil on canvas, 1894.

Marie Philippe Coupin de la Couperie, "Les amours funestes de Françoise de Rimini et Paolo Malatesta", oil on canvas, 1812.

Marie Philippe Coupin de la Couperie, "Les amours funestes de Françoise de Rimini et Paolo Malatesta", oil on canvas, 1812.

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