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There he was given the classical Latin training that was to be denied to Leonardo, illegitimate son of a poor notary in a rustic village of Tuscany. The name of its hero, Momus, refers to the Greek word for blame or criticism.

In addition, he also practised as a sculptor and painter. Alberti introduced Classical features around the portico and spread the polychromy over the entire facade in a manner which includes Classical proportions and elements such as pilasters, cornices and a pediment in the Classical style, ablerti with a sunburst in tesserae, rather than sculpture.

Leon Battista Alberti

Della pittura also known in Latin as De Pictura relied in its scientific content on classical optics in determining perspective as a geometric instrument of artistic and architectural representation. The inner courtyard has Corinthian columns. Although he is often characterized exclusively as an architect, as James Beck has observed, [1] “to single out one of Leon Battista’s ‘fields’ over others as somehow functionally independent and self-sufficient is of no help at all to any effort to characterize Alberti’s extensive explorations in the fine arts.

You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. The design also incorporates an ocular window which was already in place. Maria Novella and the Palazzo Rucellaiboth executed in Florence for the merchant Giovanni Rucellai, are noted for their proportionality, their perfect sense of measure.

To achieve this, he advises painters to be diligent in drawing studies from nature.


Although it is difficult to trace the historical connections, the methods of surveying and mapping and the instruments described by Alberti are precisely those that were responsible for the new scientific accuracy of the depictions of towns and land areas that date from the late 15th and early 16th centuries.

Violets are black, and hyacinths are black. It is barrlsta that his final and finest dialogue should be set in Florence and be written in the clear Tuscan prose he had helped to regularize and refine. Codification of Florentine Artistic Practice As Alberti’s dedication to Filippo Brunelleschi and his references to MasaccioDonatelloLuca Della Robbiaand Lorenzo Ghiberti imply, the book was a codification of current Florentine artistic practice.

Alberti regarded mathematics as the common ground of art and the sciences. Biography The Italian architect, painter, sculptor, and writer Leon Battista Alberti was the most important art-theorist of the Early Renaissance. De Statua On Sculpture Between and he was in Florence which he seems to have regarded as his home, despite his cosmopolitan life and it barista during this period that his interest in visual art first becomes apparent.

Edward, “Alberti’s De Pictura: Architecture preoccupied him during the s and s, and barrizta traveled a great deal to the various cities and courts of Renaissance Italy, but Rome and Florence remained his intellectual homes, and he continued to cultivate the interests they had always stimulated. The undated treatise De Statua On Sculpture was probably his first essay in this field. The society and class into which Alberti was born endowed him with the intellectual and moral tendencies he was to articulate and develop over a lifetime.

Unlike Brunelleschihe had no interest in the construction, leaving the practicalities to builders and the oversight to others.

Leon Battista Alberti: Renaissance Architect, Art Theorist

His interests and activities were wholly secular and began to issue in an impressive series of humanistic and technical writings. Although he led an exemplaryand apparently a celibate, life, there is almost nothing in his subsequent career to remind one of the fact that Alberti was a churchman. The facade, with its dynamic play of forms, was left incomplete.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sein Leben und seine Architekturtheorie. This prince, who was as steeped in Classical culture as Alberti himself, wished to convert the Gothic church of S.

Leon Battista Alberti | Italian architect and author |

The back of the palace, to the south, is defined by loggia on all three floors that overlook an enclosed Italian Renaissance garden with Giardino all’italiana era modifications, and spectacular views into the distant landscape of the Val d’Orcia and Pope Pius’s beloved Mount Amiata beyond.

He employed two large scrolls, which were to become a standard feature of Church facades in the later Renaissance, Baroque and Classical Revival buildings.

Alberti is its chief protagonist, and no more appropriate figure is conceivable. Andrea, was begun in and completed according to Alberti’s plans after his death.

This reflects the newly developing humanistic approach to artwhich Alberti himself embodied as the ideal uomo universale Renaissance man. Based upon classical models, chiefly Cicero and Senecathese works barrusta to the day-to-day concerns of a bourgeois society the reasonable counsel of the ancients—on the fickleness of fortune, on meeting adversity and prosperity, on husbandry, on friendship and family, on education and obligation to the common good.

Despite its incomplete state, the church stands as an austere evocation of Roman Antiquity, such as had never before been seen in the quattrocento. De re aedificatoria, a large and expensive book, was not fully published untilafter which it became a major reference for barrisfa.

Finally, he singles out for praise several contemporary early Renaissance artistsincluding Donatello, Ghiberti, Luca della Robbia and Masaccio, who, according to Alberti, were in a position to create great works of art again using the new methods of the Renaissance after their long period of decline.

Faced with this unprepossessing task, Alberti’s solution barrita both ingenious and simple. After Bologna, Alberti entered minor orders, and became a papal civil servant.