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Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Baptista Malatesta

Date of birth unknown; d. 1450, Urbino, Italy

Baptista, daughter of the count of Urbino, married Galeazzo Malatesta, later the much-hated lord of Pesaro, in 1405. Educated in philosophy and languages, she was a poet and orator who corresponded with other scholars of the time. After Galeazzo was driven from Pesaro, Baptista returned to Urbino and spent her remaining years as a nun of the Franciscan order at Santa Chiara.