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Leon Battista Alberti

Italian architect (1404-1472)

1404   -   1472

movement: Italian Renaissance
country of citizenship: Republic of Genova
language of expression: Italian, Latin
educated at: University of Padua, University of Bologna
occupation: philosopher, linguist, cryptographer, poet, architect, architectural theoretician, music theorist, musicologist, sculptor, writer, medalist, painter, mathematician, playwright, organist, scientist
student of: Gasparinus de Bergamo

Leon Battista Alberti (Italian: [leˈom batˈtista alˈbɛrti]; 14 February 1404 – 25 April 1472) was an Italian Renaissance humanist author, artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher, and cryptographer; he epitomised the Renaissance Man. Although he is often characterized exclusively as an architect, as James Beck has observed, "to single out one of Leon Battista's 'fields' over others as somehow functionally independent and self-sufficient is of no help at all to any effort to characterize Alberti's extensive explorations in the fine arts". Although Alberti is known mostly for being an artist, he was also a mathematician of many sorts and made great advances to this field during the fifteenth century. The two most important buildings he designed are the churches of San Sebastiano (1460) and Sant'Andrea (1472), both in Mantua.Alberti's life was described in Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects.
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