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Leon Battista Alberti was a quintessential Italian Renaissance man. Born in 1404 in Genoa into an exiled Florentine banking family, he received a classical education in Venice and Bologna. He studied Latin, Greek, canon law, mathematics, geometry and physics. In 1432 Alberti went to Rome to become a secretary in the papal curia; his service to several popes enabled him to travel extensively in Italy and make contact with influential people.

"On the Art of Building" Form of body: matter & lineaments. The architect knows how to devise his own mind and energy, realize by construction, for the noble needs of man, by the movement of weights & the joining of massing bodies.

Santa Maria Novella - I'll be giving tours here.

Santa Maria Novella / Architect: Leon Battista Alberti, begun Century, front facade completed by Alberti in 1456 / Florence, Italy. Uses theory of lineaments

Leon Battista Alberti - Renaissance Man: Statue of Leon Battista Alberti in the Courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence

leon battista alberti, 1446-57 Pallazo Rucallei made for the Medici family

The first palace design displaying the superimposition of the Architectural Orders: Palazzo Rucellai, Florence, Italy; designed by Leon Battista Alberti built under the direction of Bernardo Rossellino between

Leon Battista Alberti - Wikipedia

Leon Battista Alberti - Wikipedia

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