Leon Battista Alberti (1404-72) was one of the most original, creative and exciting figures of the Italian Renaissance. He wrote the first modern treatise on painting, the first modern manual of classical architecture and a powerful set of 'dialogues' about the patrician families that dominated his home city of Florence. He rediscovered the forgotten aesthetics of classical architecture and described, in incomparably vivid terms, the artistic revolution in Florence that began what we now call the Renaissance. He made spectacular advances in the art of painting and in engineering, and as an architect he was responsible for some of the most exciting buildings in Italy.
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'...make[s] sense of the bewildering diversity of Alberti's career... offers a lucid introduction to humanist culture in Italy.' -- James Hall, The Independent, 10 March 2001
'Grafton is good at opening windows into the Renaissance, bringing it handsomely to life.' -- AC Grayling, The Independent on Sunday, 4 March 2001
'The extraordinary range of [Alberti's] activities and achievements is analysed with great subtlety and wit . . . .' -- Andrew Graham-Dixon, The Daily Telegraph, 10 March 2001
'This is a wonderful book. He makes a complex subject accessible to the general reader.' -- Shane de Blacam, Irish Times (Dublin), 3 March 2001
'densely informative and very well-written academic study . . . particularly strong in its close reading of some of Alberti's lesser-known texts.' -- Charles Nicholl, Literary Review, February 2001
'wonderfully lively and readable' -- Lisa Jardine, The Observer, 4 March 2001
Anthony Grafton is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University. His last book was 'The Footnote: A Curious History'. He is also writing a study of the original Doctor Faustus for Penguin.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd., 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140291695