Early life[ edit ] Leon Battista Alberti was born in in Genoa. His mother is not known, and his father was a wealthy Florentine who had been exiled from his own city, allowed to return in Alberti was sent to boarding school in Padua, then studied Law at Bologna. In this work he analyses the nature of painting and explores the elements of perspective, composition and colour. This was followed in by a commission from Sigismondo Malatesta to transform the Gothic church of San Francesco in Rimini into a memorial chapel, the Tempio Malatestiano.
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Leon Battista Alberti, born Feb. He belonged to one of the wealthy merchant-banker families of Florence. At the time of his birth, the Alberti were in exile, expelled from Florence by the oligarchical government then dominated by the Albizzi family.
Shortly thereafter he moved to Venice, where he raised Battista Leo or Leon was a name adopted in later life and his elder brother, Carlo. An affectionate and responsible father, Lorenzo provided his sons with a Florentine stepmother whom he married in , and he attended carefully to their education.
It was from his father that Battista received his mathematical training. The useful intellectual tools of the businessman inspired in him a lifelong love for the regular, for rational order, and a lasting delight in the practical application of mathematical principles. At one stroke, it resolved a diversity of problems and awakened an appreciation of the rational structure and processes of the physical world. His early formal education was humanistic. At the age of 10 or 11, Alberti was sent to boarding school in Padua.
There he was given the classical Latin training that was to be denied to Leonardo, illegitimate son of a poor notary in a rustic village of Tuscany. But it was the content rather than the form of the classical authors that absorbed Alberti as a youth and throughout his life. As for most humanists, the literature of ancient Rome opened up for him the vision of an urbane, secular , and rational world that seemed remarkably similar to the emerging life of the Italian cities and met its cultural needs.
Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. Subscribe today Alberti completed his formal education at the University of Bologna in an apparently joyless study of law. From this point on, the church was to provide him with his livelihood. He took holy orders , thus receiving in addition to his stipend as a papal secretary an ecclesiastical benefice, the priory of Gangalandi in the diocese of Florence, and some years later Nicholas V conferred upon him as well the rectory of Borgo San Lorenzo in Mugello.
Although he led an exemplary , and apparently a celibate, life, there is almost nothing in his subsequent career to remind one of the fact that Alberti was a churchman. His interests and activities were wholly secular and began to issue in an impressive series of humanistic and technical writings. Leon Battista Alberti.
Presunto autoritratto su placchetta, Parigi , Cabinet des Medailles. De pictura[ modifica modifica wikitesto ] Lo stesso argomento in dettaglio: De pictura. I suoi interessi archeologici lo portarono anche a tentare il recupero delle navi romane affondate nel lago di Nemi. Il De re aedificatoria[ modifica modifica wikitesto ] Frontespizio Lo stesso argomento in dettaglio: De re aedificatoria.
Leon Battista Alberti
Wegen finanzieller Schwierigkeiten nach dem Tode des Vaters wechselte er nach Padua, um dort Physik und Mathematik zu studieren. In dieser Zeit malte er auch selbst und legte sich seinen zweiten Vornamen Leo oder Leone zu. Belegt ist hingegen in dieser Zeit ab ca. Juni er nicht mehr miterlebte.