Leon Battista Alberti and the Redirection of Renaissance Humanism

Martin Mclaughlin

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264775
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734984 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Leon Battista Alberti and the Redirection of Renaissance Humanism

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This chapter presents the text of a lecture on the role of Leon Battista Alberti on the redirection of Renaissance humanism given at the British Academy's 2009 Italian Lecture. This text explains that Alberti, as successor of Renaissance humanism founder Petrarch, sought to redirect the movement. It compares Petrarch's and Alberti's notions of humanism and traces Alberti's inflection of the movement in directions that would never have been thought of by his predecessor.

Keywords: Leon Battista Alberti; Renaissance humanism; Petrarch; redirection; inflection

Chapter.  15757 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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