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Leon Battista Alberti By Anthony Grafton

Leon Battista Alberti by Anthony Grafton

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In this portrait of Alberti, the author reveals the man who wrote the first modern treatise on painting, the first manual of classical architecture and a powerful set of "dialogues" about the patrician families that dominated his home city of Florence.

Leon Battista Alberti Summary

Leon Battista Alberti by Anthony Grafton

Leon Battista Alberti (1404-72) was one of the most original, creative and 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 patrician families that dominated his home city of Florence. Alberti rediscovered the forgotten aesthetics of classical architecture and described, in incomparably vivid terms, the artistic revolution in Florence that began what we now call the Renaissance. He made, too, spectacular advances in the art of painting and in engineering, and as an architect he was responsible for some of the most original and influential buildings in Italy. Here, Anthony Grafton, one of the greatest living Renaissance scholars, offers the general book that Alberti has to long deserved. The result is a compelling portrait of a mysterious, original and highly unusual intellectual and a colourful tableau of the cities and courts in which he lived.

Table of Contents

Who was Leon Battista Alberti? - making an identity on the 1430s; humanism - the advantages and disadvantages of scholarship; from new technologies to fine arts - Alberti among the engineers; on painting - Alberti and the origins of criticism; interpreting Florence - from reading to rebuilding; the artist at court - Alberti in Ferrara; his lost city - Alberti the antiquary; Alberti on the art of building; the architect and city planner.

Additional information

GOR005035609
Leon Battista Alberti by Anthony Grafton
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Penguin Books Ltd
2001-02-01
432
0713994533
9780713994537
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