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Leon Battista Alberti

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Leon Battista Alberti An Italian Renassiance humanist, Leon Battista Alberti was often thought of as a model of the "universal man".

Born to Lorenzo Alberti

Father was wealthy Florentine family in Genoa, Italy.

Alberti recieved the highest and most dignified education in classics from an Italian nobleman. 1404-1472 Alberti first focused on his writing.... On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Letters Philodoxus Amator (1492) Ecatonfilea (1429) Leon Battista Alberti highly regarded mathematics as a commmon ground for art and sciences which inpsired his first treatise, Della pittura. Well versed in optics

Used scientific content to determine perspective and its relation to geometry .

Used as an instrument of artistic and architectural design.

Used Arab Polymath to explain optics Stressed that "all steps of learning should be sought from nature."


Alberti on beauty "the harmony of all parts in relation to one another" De re aedificatoria 1485

First of it's kind


Major influnce/reference

Opened up Alberti's ideas to Flourtine Renassaince Nature and Beauty Palazzo Rucellai Facade New ideals of renassiance architecture

Facade built for Rucellai Florantine Family

Arched Windows

Tuscan order, Ionic order, Corinthian Order on each level.

Used pilasters and entablatures in proportional

Noted for perfect sense of measure

Bases for stylistic principles of classical art

Aesthetic theory of proportionality and harmony 1420 Gothic-Renassiance Church

Alberti asked to add design to it

Comissioned by Giovanni di Paolo Rucellai

Black and White marble inlay

Proportion + Classical Detail + Humanist Ideals

Volutes, pediments, columns, scrolls, and geomtric aspects incoorperated Basilica of Santa Maria Novella Work Cited
"Encyclopedia Britannica Online." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2013.

"Leon Battista Alberti - Great Buildings Online." Leon Battista Alberti - Great Buildings Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2013.

"Leon Battista Alberti." Leon Battista Alberti. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2013.

"Leon Battista Alberti." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 19 Mar. 2013. Web. 18 Mar. 2013.

"Palazzo Rucellai." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 13 Mar. 2013. Web. 18 Mar. 2013.

"Ten Books on Architecture (work by Alberti)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2013. "Beauty: the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract or change without impairing the harmony of the whole"

"for in painting beauty is as pleasing as it is necessary." A written work dealing formally and systematically with a subject. ionic
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