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LEON BATTISTA ALBERTI. Ed. by Joseph Rykwert and Anne Engel. Centro Internazionale d'Arte e di Cultura di Palazzo Te, Mantua, 1994. Organized in association with Societa Olivetti, Milan. Published in association with Electa, Milan. 568 pp. with 502 ills. (91 col.). 28 x 25 cm. LC 94-237905 ISBN 8843549685 In Italian.
Extensively examining the oeuvre of an important architect of the Italian Renaissance whose buildings and seminal treatises on art and architecture exerted a strong influence throughout the period, this substantial catalogue presents photographs and diagrams of the structures designed by Alberti (1404-1472) in Florence, Rimini and Mantua while also documenting some 150 art works and other objects that illuminate his achievements and cultural milieu, including manuscripts, portrait medals, architectural drawings by Baldassarre Peruzzi and Antonio da Sangallo, and paintings by Andrea Mantegna. Lengthy commentaries on the featured works supplement 32 scholarly essays discussing Alberti's career, his links to Rome, Ferrara and the Gonzaga court in Mantua, the development of his major built projects, his view of architectural ornamentation, the mathematical underpinnings of his theories, his impact on Renaissance portraiture, and his relationships with Mantegna and other artists and architects.
Artist(s):Alberti, Leon Battista
Indexing: Western, Europe — Italy — 1400-1600 — Architecture, Several Media
Plans: 01,06,12,13,15,24
Worldwide Number: 024785
Paperbound $89.50    

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