Leon Battista Alberti

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Self portrait (bronze plaque), ca. 1436.
Basilica of Saint-André, Mantua.

Leone Battista Alberti (1404 – 1472) was an Italian humanist, author, musician, painter, sculptor, architect, poet, linguist, philosopher, and cryptographer. He is considered the Renaissance ideal.

Leon Battista Alberti regarded mathematics as the common ground of art and the sciences.

Leon Battista Alberti's Della pittura is the first modern treatise on the theory of painting... Alberti's academic training was not particularly unusual among humanists. At Barzizza's school he was introduced to a body of learning based on the medieval curriculum and on newly discovered antique manuscripts. [1]

One of his main architectural writings is "De Re Aedificatoria" (1450); "De Pictura" (1435) is also an important architectural book.

Works as architect

  • 1445-1451 Palazzo Rucellai, Florence, Italy.
  • 1447-1450 San Francesco (Temple Malatestiano), Rímini, Italy.
  • 1456-1470 Façade (Facade) of Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy.
  • 1460-1470 San Sebastiano, Mantua, Italy.
  • 1467 Cappella Rucellai (Chiesa di San Pancrazio), Florence, Italy.
  • 1470 Sant'Andrea, Mantua, Italy.
  • 1470 Santissima Annunziata, Florence, Italy.
Palazzo Rucellai, Florence.
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See also

External links


  1. http://www.noteaccess.com/Texts/Alberti/Intro1.htm