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Leon Battista Alberti: Master Builder of the Italian Renaissance

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A lucid biographical study of a key figure of European culture

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 princely families that dominated his home city of
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 30th 2000 by Hill and Wang (first published 2000)
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Rob Shurmer
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Rob by: Classicists/graduate students interested in Humanism
Exhaustive and exhausting as intellectual history! Grafton plods through an analysis of just about every scrap written or read by Alberti and seems to delight more in the intricacies of humanistic Latin than in presenting the Man in context. Grafton's knowledge of Renaissance and Classical literature is deep and embracing, so if you wish to understand 15th century Italy through the lens of an Aristotelian treatise or Xenophon's histories (only a close comparison of Xenophon and Alberti's texts, ...more
Duncan Berry
Savoring this enormously erudite and well written account of Alberti's amazing life and times as a budding humanist in early Renaissance Florence. Brings together so many strands that remained disconnected in my memory, and adds humanity to the Burckhardt's heroic portrait from some 150 years ago.
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Anthony Thomas Grafton is one of the foremost historians of early modern Europe and the current Henry Putnam University Professor at Princeton University. He is also a corresponding fellow of the British Academy and a recipient of the Balzan Prize. From January 2011 to January 2012, he served as the President of the American Historical Association.
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