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Alberti left Rome with the Pope at such times and spent time at the court in Rimini. Nicholas V, who was Pope from to , was an enthusiast for classical studies and produced an environment much suited to Alberti. Drawing upon a critical reading of De Architectura by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius and a first-hand antiquarian knowledge of Classical remains , he put forward the first coherent theory of the use of the five Classical orders of Greek architecture since Antiquity , relating their use to different classes of building.

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. As the Este prince was now dead, it was to Nicholas V that Alberti dedicated in the monumental theoretical result of his long study of Vitruvius. The work was the first architectural treatise of the Renaissance. It covered a wide range of subjects, from history to town planning , and engineering to the philosophy of beauty.

It became a bible of Renaissance architecture, for it incorporated and made advances upon the engineering knowledge of antiquity, and it grounded the stylistic principles of classical art in a fully developed aesthetic theory of proportionality and harmony. As the first comprehensive treatise on Renaissance architecture, this book is in many respects comparable with the earlier Della Pittura , although it was more a work of original research, and was more influential. You must be logged in to post a comment.

Skip to content In Rome, Leon Battista Alberti had plenty of time to study its ancient sites, ruins, and objects. His detailed observations, included in his De Re Aedificatoria , On the Art of Building , were patterned after the De Architectura by the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius fl.

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Alberti left Rome with the Pope at such times and spent time at the court in Rimini. Nicholas V, who was Pope from to , was an enthusiast for classical studies and produced an environment much suited to Alberti. Drawing upon a critical reading of De Architectura by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius and a first-hand antiquarian knowledge of Classical remains , he put forward the first coherent theory of the use of the five Classical orders of Greek architecture since Antiquity , relating their use to different classes of building. 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.

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Leon Battista Alberti wrote De re aedificatoria in the middle of the 15 th century. The terminus post quem for the beginning of the writing is traditionally set in , the date at which the humanist left Florence to go back to Rome. During his stay in the Eternal City he apparently favored the study of architecture and Latin prose over that of the common language and figurative arts. Krautheimer , p.

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De re aedificatoria On the Art of Building is a classic architectural treatise written by Leon Battista Alberti between and It was followed in with the first printed edition of Vitruvius. Alberti's Ten Books consciously echoes Vitruvius's writing, but Alberti also adopts a critical attitude toward his predecessor. In his discussion, Alberti includes a wide variety of literary sources, including Plato and Aristotle , presenting a concise version of the sociology of architecture.

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