Leon Battista Alberti

David Marsh

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online June 2012 | | DOI:
Leon Battista Alberti

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Leon Battista Alberti (b. 1404–d. 1472), humanist and architect, was born in Genoa, the illegitimate son of Lorenzo Alberti, a Florentine banker in exile. After studies in Padua and Bologna, he was employed as a papal secretary. He was a prolific and innovative writer in both Latin and Italian. More than any of his contemporaries, Alberti succeeded in fusing ancient and modern elements in all of his humanistic projects ranging from literature to architecture.

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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