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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