On the Art of Building in Ten Books / Edition 1

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Overview

De Re Aedificatoria, by Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472), was the first modern treatise on the theory and practice of architecture. Its importance for the subsequent history of architecture is incalculable, yet this is the first English translation based on the original,
exceptionally eloquent Latin text on which Alberti's reputation as a theorist is founded.

The MIT Press

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The first major English translation of Alberti's fifteenth century treatise on the theory and practice of architecture. Alberti set out to replace Vitruvius' authority which had been undisputed for over a thousand years and frames a coherent account of the fragmented knowledge of antique architecture as it had survived through the dark and middle ages. His is the one book that established architecture as an intellectual and professional discipline rather than a craft and gave it a proper theoretical context. It provided a theoretical basis for the architecture of the Renaissance. Sixty-three illustrations. Glossary. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262510608
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Rykwert is Paul Philippe Cret Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the University of
Pennsylvania.

Neil Leach is an architect and theorist who has taught at a number of institutions worldwide,
including the Architectural Association in London, the Dessau Institute Dessau, Germany, and
Columbia University. He is the author, editor, or translator of more than a dozen books, including
Rethinking Architecture, The Anaesthetics of Architecture (MIT
Press, 1999), and Alberti's On the Art of Building in Ten Books (MIT Press
1991).

Robert Tavernor is Professor and Head of Architecture at the University of Bath and a practicing architect. His previous books include a translation (with Joseph Rykwert and Neil Leach)
of Alberti's On the Art of Building in Ten Books; and Palladio and
Palladianism
.

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