Leon Battista Alberti

Leon Battista Alberti

by Anthony Grafton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674008685

ISBN-13: 9780674008687

Pub. Date: 04/15/2002

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) was one of the most exciting figures of the Italian Renaissance. He wrote the first modern treatise on painting, the first modern manual of classical architecture, and a powerful set of "dialogues" about the princely families of Florence. But Alberti also made his own spectacular advances in the art of painting and in engineering,

Overview

Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) was one of the most exciting figures of the Italian Renaissance. He wrote the first modern treatise on painting, the first modern manual of classical architecture, and a powerful set of "dialogues" about the princely families of Florence. But Alberti also made his own spectacular advances in the art of painting and in engineering, and was responsible for some of the most exciting architectural designs in Italy.

In this volume, one of our most distinguished Renaissance scholars offers the superlative biography and cultural history that Alberti has long deserved. It is a compelling portrait of a mysterious and original intellectual.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674008687
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
0.88(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

I. Who Was Leon Battista Alberti? Making an Identity in the 1430s

II. Humanism: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Scholarship

IlI. From New Technologies to Fine Arts: Alberti Among the Engineers

IV. On Painting: Alberti and the Origins of Criticism

V. Interpreting Florence: From Reading to Rebuilding

VI. The Artist at Court: Alberti in Ferrara

VII. His Lost City: Alberti the Antiquary

VIII. Alberti on the Art of Building

IX. The Architect and City Planner

Epilogue

Notes

Index

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