De re aedificatoria libri decem. Author: Leon Battista Alberti (Italian, Genoa – Rome). Publisher: Jacob Cammerlander (German, active Strasburg. Leon Battista Alberti wrote De re aedificatoria in the middle of the 15th century. The terminus post quem for the beginning of the writing is traditionally set in . Leon Battista Alberti écrivit le De re aedificatoria au milieu du XVe siècle. Le terminus post quem pour le début de la rédaction est traditionnellement placé en .

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If you decide to cancel or return your print to order framed or unframed print for any reason, it is unlikely we could sell it again at full price. The architect is the guardian of profound knowledge and his work is the product of an intellect related to nature by means of materials, with the history of an area through the choice of the places and environments in which one must build and on account of the constructive typology with the social organization.

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Alberti’s Ten Books consciously echoes Vitruvius’s writing, but Alberti also adopts a critical attitude toward his aedificatoris. It is very useful to compare this text to the famous definition of the architect: In doing so, Alberti takes a characteristic attitude, more independent than that of his successors in the first half of the Cinquecento, who were to have a more orthodox concept of the Vitruvian doctrine.

Borsi, Leon Battista Alberti. Alberti’s original treatise was written in Would only that Vasari’s work were here supplemented by a description like that of Alberti! Much has been written on the subject.

Views Read Edit View history. Biography of Luca Pacioli http: A clear synthesis of so many skills is to lekn found in De re aedificatoriaa work which became the basic text of Renaissance architecture.


Salvi, “Edizioni, versioni e illustrazioni del De re Aedificatoria. Le stampe del Quattrocento”, R. As for the terminus ante quem of the end of the work, it can be dated thanks to Biondo Flavio’s indications.

Image overview Buy an art print Buy a framed print Buy an image licence. As a designer and a student of Vitruvius and of ancient Roman remains, he grasped the nature of column and lintel architecture, from the visual rather than structural viewpoint, and correctly employed the Classical ordersunlike his contemporary, Brunelleschiwho utilised the Classical column and pilaster in a free interpretation.

The design for the latter church was completed ina year before Alberti’s death, but was brought to completion and is his most significant work. The collaboration between Alberti and Nicholas V gave rise to the first grandiose building projects of Renaissance Rome, initiating among other works the reconstruction of St. Simone, Villa Medici a Fiesole. In Rome, Alberti had plenty of time to study its ancient sites, ruins, and objects.

But if on the other hand art imitates nature, and it is the part of the same discipline to know the form and the matter up to a point e. Battista Alberti, De re aedificatoria, Florence, N. Just a few years before his death, Alberti completed De iciarchia On Ruling the Householda dialogue about Florence during the Medici rule. When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: The polychrome facade of Santa Maria Novella.

The best known feature of this typically aisled church is the manner in which Alberti has solved the problem of visually bridging the different levels of the central nave and much lower side aisles. Noteworthy is the internal court of the palazzo. Alberti is said to be in Mantegna’s great frescoes in the Camera degli Sposithe older man dressed in dark red clothes, who whispers in the ear of Ludovico Gonzagathe ruler of Mantua.


Language and watermarks in paper all confirm an Italian origin for this manuscript.

Adolfo Turapp. Retrieved from ” https: The colossal outlines of Leonardo’s nature can never be more than dimly and distantly conceived. This was his De re aedificatoria Ten Books on Architecturenot a restored text of Vitruvius but a wholly new work, that won him his reputation as the “Florentine Vitruvius. In he began to focus more on architecture and was encouraged by the Marchese Leonello d’Este of Ferrara, for whom he built a small triumphal vattista to support an equestrian statue of Leonello’s father.

De re aedificatoria libri decem

He employed two large scrolls, which were to become a standard feature of Church facades in the later Renaissance, Baroque and Classical Revival buildings.

Nine ideal centrally-planned geometrical shapes are recommended for churches; besides the circle he lists the square, the hexagon, octagon, decagon and dodecagon, all derived from the circle, and, derived from the square, rectangles that exhibit the square and a half, square and a third and double square, all of which have enharmonic parallels in music.

The Latin text of this edition was reprinted in Paris in under the care of Geoffroy Tory at the printing shop of Berthold Rembolt. Nota sulla fortuna del trattato albertiano”, G.

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