De re aedificatoria libri decem. Author: Leon Battista Alberti (Italian, Genoa – Rome). Publisher: Jacob Cammerlander (German, active Strasburg. Leon Battista Alberti wrote De re aedificatoria in the middle of the 15th century. The terminus post quem for the beginning of the writing is traditionally set in . Leon Battista Alberti écrivit le De re aedificatoria au milieu du XVe siècle. Le terminus post quem pour le début de la rédaction est traditionnellement placé en .

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Archived from the original on February 10, The other passage gives perhaps an even clearer account of the Aristotelian inspiration of the Albertian concept of architecture, ” The arts, therefore, which govern the matter and have knowledge are two, namely the art which uses the product and the art which directs the production of it.

Hardie-Gaye II, 2, Codex Ms 1 View cover front -fol. The dramatic facade of Sant’ Andrea, Mantua, built to Aedificatoriw design after his death. These materials are presented as historical resources in support of study and research.

Leon Battista Alberti

Polykleitos Canon Vitruvius De architectura. In his survey of desirable floor plans for sacred buildings— “temples” in his phrase—Alberti begins with the ideal form of the circle, which is expressed in numerous examples of Nature. Master Builder of the Italian Renaissance. The University of Chicago Library appreciates hearing from anyone who may have information about any of the images in this collection. Edward, “Alberti’s De Pictura: He was a humanistand part of the rapidly expanding entourage of intellectuals and artisans supported by the courts of the princes and lords of the time.

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In his discussion, Alberti includes a wide variety of literary sources, including Plato and Aristotlepresenting a concise version of the sociology of architecture. Dictionary of Scientific Biography. It was followed in by his less influential work, De statuain which he examines sculpture. In he began to focus more on architecture and was encouraged by the Marchese Leonello d’Este of Ferrara, for whom he built a aedificztoria triumphal arch to support an equestrian statue of Leonello’s father.


Alberti is said to be in Mantegna’s great frescoes in the Camera degli Sposithe older man dressed in dark red clothes, who aedificatoeia in the ear of Ludovico Gonzagathe ruler of Mantua.

Guide to Alberti, Leon Battista, De re aedificatoria. Manuscript, circa

His knowledge of optics was connected to the btatista long-standing tradition of the Kitab al-manazir The Optics ; De aspectibus of the Arab polymath Alhazen Ibn al-Haythamd. Alberti xlberti insights gained from long study of classical sources and models, such as Vitruvius, with an leonn architectural technique based upon mathematical principles and musical harmonies.

Lastly, Book X, Operum instauratioconcerns resoration. Giorgio Vasariwho argued that historical progress in art reached its peak in Michelangeloemphasized Alberti’s scholarly achievements, not his artistic talents: Francesco Borsi, Leon Battista Alberti. This site uses Cookies. In On PaintingAlberti uses the expression “We Painters”, but as a painter, or sculptor, he was a dilettante. Opera completaMilan, Electa, 1 st ed.

The architect is the guardian of profound knowledge and his work is the product of an intellect related to nature by means of materials, with the history of an area through the choice of the places and environments in which one must build and on account of the constructive typology with the social organization. Books IV and V, Universorum opus, battisa opustreat the typology of the edifices; the next four books, Ornamentum, sacrorum ornamentum, publici profani ornamentumare devoted to the aesthetic definition of architecture.

Unlike Brunelleschihe had no interest in the construction, leaving the practicalities to builders and the oversight to others. The Duke of Urbino was a shrewd military commander, who generously spent money on the patronage of art.


With customary thoroughness, Alberti embarked upon a study of the architectural and engineering practices of antiquity that he continued when he returned to Rome in with the papal court.

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Product overview Images are printed to order on high quality photographic paper using the latest digital technology. To these ten books Alberti apparently intended to add four others, devoted to ship construction, to arithmetic and geometry, to the public revenue department and anything that had to do with architecture.

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