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Alberti Leon Battista

(1404—72).


Italian humanist and architect born in Genoa. In Florence (c. 1428) he formed friendships with Donatello, Ghiberti, Robbia and Masaccio to whom he dedicated his important treatise on painting, Delia Pittura (1436) containing the first description of perspective in depiction. As a great humanist, he stressed the rational and scientific nature of the arts, departing from religious symbolism or function, and urging a return to classical modes.

 


Leon Battista Alberti
Santa Maria Novella
Florence

 

 
 

 

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