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Leon Battista Alberti

(1404–72). Uomo universale of the Italian early Renaissance, and architect of genius (though never involved in the actual building of his designs), he was the first ...

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..., Leon Battista ( 1404–72 ) Italian architect , humanist and writer . The first major art theorist of the Renaissance , Alberti 's treatise On Painting ( 1435 ) was highly influential. His buildings include the Rucellai Palace, Florence, Tempio Malatestiano, Rimini, and the Church of San Andrea,...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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...volgari , ed. C. Grayson (1973). —— ‘On Painting’ and ‘On Sculpture’: The Latin Texts of ‘De pictura’ and ‘De statua’, ed. and tr. C. Grayson (1972). J. Gadol , Leon Battista Alberti: Universal Man of the Early Renaissance (1969). A. Grafton , Leon Battista Alberti: Master Builder of the Italian Renaissance (2000). R. Tavernor , On Alberti and the Art of Building ...

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Mark Jarzombek

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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...J. H. E. Heitz, 1911. Borsi, Franco . Leon Battista Alberti: The Complete Works . Translated by Rudolf G. Carpanini . New York: Electa/Rizzoli, 1977. Bracciali, Simonetta . Restaurare Leon Battista Alberti: Il caso di Palazzo Rucellai . Florence: Libreria editrice fiorentina, 2006. Cardini, Roberto , Lucia Bertolini , and Mariangela Regoliosi . Leon Battista Alberti: La biblioteca di un umanista . Florence: Mandragora, 2005. Carpo, Mario . Alberti, Raffaello, Serlio, e Camillo: Metodo ed ordini nella teoria architettonica dei primi moderni ....

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The Oxford Companion to the Garden

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..., Leon Battista ( 1404–1472 ), Italian humanist polymath. His importance for garden design arises not so much from his architecture as from his seminal architectural treatise De Re Aedificatoria Libri X (Ten Books on Architecture), which was completed by 1452 (when he presented it to Pope Nicholas V) and published in 1485 . In Book 5, which is devoted to private houses, there is a section on villas (5. 14–18), and Alberti returns to the subject in Book 9, in which he applies his concept of architectural beauty to villas (9. 2–4). In Alberti's view,...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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...in 1485 . In this treatise Alberti articulated his understanding of Vitruvius , described the architectural orders , and set out the principles of town planning and the ideals of mathematical proportion. His final theoretical work was De statua ( c. 1464 ). Dizionario biografico degli italiani ; The Dictionary of Art ; F. Borsi , Leon Battista Alberti: The Complete Works (1977); Anthony Grafton , Leon Battista Alberti: Master Builder of the Italian Renaissance (2000); Luca Boschetto , Leon Battista Alberti e Firenze ...

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Patrick Goode

The Oxford Companion to Architecture

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..., Leon Battista ( 1404–72 ) Italian architect and theorist , a significant pioneer of the Renaissance . His treatise De re aedificatoria (completed 1452 ), the first printed book on architecture ( 1485 ), is partly modelled on Vitruvius . The main differences are that Alberti’s work is more coherently organized; that he added an order , the Composite order, to the canon of acceptable forms; and that, in particular, his analysis of venustas (‘delight’) is much clearer, leading to his famous definition of beauty as a ‘… harmony (...

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The Oxford Companion to Western Art

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..., Leon Battista ( 1404–72 ). Italian architect, sculptor, painter, theorist, and humanist, born in Genoa, the son of a Florentine exile. His treatises on painting, sculpture, and architecture were the first of their type since the classical age, and they proved to be immensely influential. As well as studying the visual arts, he wrote about a wide variety of topics, including ships of Antiquity, horses, and family ethics. Alberti studied in Padua and later attended Bologna University; in these years he immersed himself in the classics and in 1424 wrote...

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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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...Alberti Alberti, Leon Battista Dinner Pieces . Translated by David Marsh . Binghamton, N.Y., 1987. Momo o del principe. Edited by Nanni Balestrini . Genoa, 1986. Alberti, Leon Battista On Painting and On Sculpture . Edited and translated by Cecil Grayson . London, 1972. Alberti, Leon Battista On the Art of Building in Ten Books . Translated by Joseph Rykwert , Neil Leach , and Robert Tavernor . Cambridge, Mass., 1988. Other Sources Behn, Irene . Leone Battista Alberti als Kunstphilosoph . Strasbourg, 1911. Borsi, Franco . Leon Battista Alberti:...

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The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature

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...half of the 15th c.) when most intellectual effort in Italy was being channelled into Latin. [ See also classicism ; latin influences ; imitation ; latin prose in italy .] [ Martin McLaughlin ] See G. Ponte , Leon Battista Alberti (1981); C. Grayson , Studi su Leon Battista Alberti , ed. P. Claut (1998); A. Grafton , Leon Battista Alberti: Master Builder of the Italian Renaissance ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.)

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..., Leon Battista ( b Genoa, 14 Feb. 1404 ; d Rome, Apr. 1472 ). Italian architect, sculptor, painter, and writer, the most important art theorist of the Renaissance . The illegitimate son of an exiled Florentine banker, he was educated in Padua and at Bologna University, and was an outstanding Latinist (at the age of 20 he wrote a Latin comedy that was acclaimed as a rediscovered Roman work). For most of his career he was based in Rome (he held a secretarial post in the papal court from 1432 to 1464 ), but he travelled extensively and had close...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (5 ed.)

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..., Leon Battista ( b Genoa , 14 Feb. 1404 ; d Rome , 19/25 Apr. 1472 ). Italian architect , sculptor , painter , and writer , the most important art theorist of the Renaissance . The illegitimate son of an exiled Florentine banker, he was educated in Padua and at Bologna University, and was an outstanding Latinist (at the age of 20 he wrote a Latin comedy that was acclaimed as a rediscovered Roman work). For most of his career he was based in Rome (he held a secretarial post in the papal court from 1432 to 1464 ), but he travelled extensively...

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A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (3 ed.)

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..., Leon Battista ( 1404–72 ) Uomo universale of the Italian early Renaissance , and architect of genius (though never involved in the actual building of his designs), he was the first architectural theorist of the Renaissance, and established the intellectual essence of architecture. Born in Genoa, educated at Padua and Bologna, he visited Florence (1428) where he became acquainted with leading practitioners: in his De Pictura (the Italian version (1436) is dedicated to Brunelleschi ) he provided the first written description of the principles of ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture (2 ed.)

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..., Leon Battista ( 1404–72 ), was a Florentine architect and theorist, who like Brunelleschi adapted ancient Roman models to Christian church-design. He is sometimes described as the purest type of the Renaissance universal man—writer, painter, musician, sculptor, athlete, Latinist, trained in canon law, philosophy, mathematics. In 1428 he entered the papal civil service, and from 1447 to 1455 he was concerned with the restoration of ancient Roman monuments and of Old St Peter's and its enclave. He was an architect only in that he was a designer...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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Leon Battista Alberti

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(1404–72).Uomo universale of the Italian early Renaissance, and architect of genius (though never involved in the actual building of his designs), he was the first architectural theorist of the ...
27 The History of the Book in the Iberian Peninsula

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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...Ortega y Gasset between 1923 and 1936 ; Litoral , edited by Emilio Prados and Manuel Altolaguirre ; Gaceta Literaria , edited by José Bergamín between 1933 and 1936 ; Caballo Verde para la Poesía , edited by Neruda; and Octubre , founded by Rafael Alberti and María Teresa León . They also published books of high quality via *private presses (Manuel Altolaguirre-Concha Zardoya). Silverio Aguirre was the Madrid printer most involved with the Silver Age authors, and Signo the most representative publisher. Argentina and Mexico, countries...

Francesco d'Altobianco Alberti

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(1401–79)was born in Florence and a close relative of Leon Battista Alberti, who addressed the Proemio of book 3 of Della famiglia to him. Like Leon Battista, Francesco spent ...
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A literary contest, organized mainly by Leon Battista Alberti, sponsored by Piero de' Medici, and held in October 1441 in Florence. Modelled on ancient literary competitions, the aim of the ...

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