Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Alberti, Leon Battista
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A. Life and buildings

An Italian Humanist, philosopher, architect and theorist of art and architecture, who both formulated and embodied the Humanist ideal of the uomo universale, Leon Battista A. was born on February 4, 1404 at Genoa, the illegitimate son of an illustrious Florentine family living in exile. He died in April 1472 at Rome. A. studied, displaying great interest in the natural sciences, among other subjects, firstly at Venice and Padua, then at Bologna, where in 1428 he took a doctorate in canon law. His interest in mathematics underp…

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Filippi, Elena (Alfter bei Bonn), “Alberti, Leon Battista”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 23 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004793>
First published online: 2015



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