The Ten Books of Architecture: The 1755 Leoni Edition

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Dover Publications, 1986 - Architecture - 240 pages
"Often cited as the paragon of the Renaissance man, Leon Battista Alberti was much admired for the vast breadth of his learning and accomplishment. But it was in his field of architecture that he made his greatest mark. He utilized procedures in musical harmony and mathematical technique in his schematic planning and design to achieve a perfection of proportion seldon equaled in the history of architecture. In his buildings he restored the monumentality of ancient architecture, reinterpreting such devices as the triumphal arch and the temple front, drawing his inspiration from such classic structures as Roman tombs and basilicas."--BOOK JACKET.

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Of the Shrew and its Circles or Worm and fer from Temples

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Leon Battista Alberti was born in Genoa, Italy, on February 18, 1404. His father was a major figure in the Florentine political world, and Alberti received a quality education. He studied Latin in Padua and completed his formal training at the University of Bologna, where he received a doctorate in canon law in 1428. In 1432, as a secretary in the Papal Chancery in Rome, Alberti became acquainted with Tommaso Parentucelli who was later elected Pope Nicholas V. Alberti worked for the Pope, studying law cases for seven years. In 1447, he became the Pope's architectural advisor, and upon studying the work of Vitruvius, wrote De Re Aerdificatoria (Ten Books on Architecture) in 1452. Alberti was a major Humanist figure in the Italian Renaissance. He wrote dialogues, plays, poems, and philosophical books that were widely influential. During the last years of his life, Alberti put many of his architectural ideas into practice and wrote De Iciarchia (On the Man of Excellence and Ruler of His Family). Albert died in 1472 at the age of 68.

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