Leon Battista Alberti

A True Renaissance Man

Leon Battista Alberti Statue
Statue of Leon Battista Alberti in the Courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. Public Domain

Leon Battista Alberti was also known as Battista Alberti, Leo Battista Alberti, Leone Battista Alberti. He was known for pursuing philosophical, artistic, scientific and athletic endeavors in a successful attempt to become a true "Renaissance Man." He was an architect, an artist, a cleric, a writer, a philosopher, and a mathematician, making him one of the most well-rounded thinkers of his age.


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Important Dates

Born: Feb. 14, 1404, Genoa
Died: April 25, 1472, Rome

Quotation from Leon Battista Alberti

"I certainly consider a great appreciation of painting to be the best indication of a most perfect mind."
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About Leon Battista Alberti

Humanist philosopher, writer, Renaissance architect and artistic theorist, Leon Battista Alberti is considered by many scholars to be the quintessential Renaissance "universal man" of learning. In addition to painting, designing buildings, and writing scientific, artistic and philosophical treatises, Leon Battista Alberti wrote the first book on Italian grammar and a groundbreaking work on cryptography. He is credited with inventing the cypher wheel, and it was said that from a standing position, with his feet together, Leon Battista Alberti could jump over a man's head.

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