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Artist architect poet and philosopher Leon Battista Alberti revolutionized the history of art with his theories of perspective in On Painting 1435 Inspired by the order and beauty inherent in nature his groundbreaking work sets out the princi. Miles J Unger made me very curious about Alberti with some of the references he made during Michelangelo A Life in Six Masterpieces I went looking for anything I could find by or about Leon Battista Alberti One of the books I found was this The prose was beautiful Some of it was insightful Much of it made me smile since I knew many an accomplished artist would do the exact opposite of Alberti advised Some of it simply made me roll my eyes I came to the conclusion that Leon Battista Alberti was not a man ahead of his times like Leonardo da Vinci and so many others whom emerged to shine a light upon the dark ages pointing ahead Alberti was very much a product of the Renaissance its progress and its prejudices If you wish to get a sense of that time this is an interesting read Don t accept everything Alberti says at face value Keep a critical eye for statements he claimed were truths Many of them are simply what Alberti believed to be best It does give readers an ideas of some of the aesthetics and morals which circulated during the Renaissance It also gives readers something to think about in considering how much these elements are subject to change and can be challenged I enjoyed reading this book It inspired me plus it made me think Its righteous tone irritated me at times plus a lot of the truths are uestionable Still it was an interesting read

Summary De pictura

Es of the successful painter On Painting had an immediate and profound influence on Italian Renaissance artists including Ghiberti Fra Angelico and Veneziano and on later figures such as Leonardo da Vinci and remains a compelling theory of ar. stauffer said start here it took me 11 years but i read it

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Ples of distance dimension and proportion; instructs the painter on how to use the rules of composition representation light and colour to create work that is graceful and pleasing to the eye; and stipulates the moral and artistic pre reuisit. The extrinsic rays of light thus encircling the plane one touching the other enclose all the plane like the willow wands of a basket cage and make as is said this visual pyramid


About the Author: Leon Battista Alberti

Leon Battista Alberti was an Italian author artist architect poet priest linguist philosopher cryptographer and general Renaissance humanist polymath Although he is often characterized as an architect exclusively as James Beck has observed to single out one of Leon Battista's 'fields' over others as somehow functionally independent and self sufficient is of no help at all to any effor



10 thoughts on “De pictura

  1. says:

    Despite being told by Alberti not to bother continuing after the first chapter because I didn't uite grasp his mathematic theories I finished the book I even gleaned some information from it ignoramus that I am The following two 'books' were much easy to grasp being about composition colour and light He believed

  2. says:

    I picked up this book with a lot of hopes since this was the treatise that was said to have influenced the likes of Leonardo da Vinci However the much lesser mortal that I am I couldn't gain much out of reading this book Though Leon is said to

  3. says:

    Miles J Unger made me very curious about Alberti with some of the references he made during Michelangelo A Life in Six Masterpieces I went looking for anything I could find by or about Leon Battista Alberti One of the books I found was this The prose was beautiful Some of it was insightful Much of it made me smile since I

  4. says:

    I’ve read this book for its historical significance and the fact that it came up on many books I’ve read about art and the Renaissance For the actual painting methods and tips though it was somewhat difficult to understand Like most renaissance men art goes hand in hand with mathematics and geometry It wou

  5. says:

    The extrinsic rays of light thus encircling the plane—one touching the other—enclose all the plane like the willow wands of a basket cage and make as is said this visual pyramid

  6. says:

    Not what I expected it was common sense on describing a scene on what he expected in a painting It's the first book I've scene on painting without any images to my dismay Can you imagine writing a book about baseball without photographs or drawings? Not the kind of book you'd recommend to anybody interested in learning painting Reading a book by Vitruvius and Brunelleschi you'll like better if you're into renaissance material

  7. says:

    Written during the Renaissance Alberti's guide to true painting is wonderful Arguing that a true artist is very much a tec

  8. says:

    Ariosto offers a great point of reference for any interested in art and its practice showing similarity to modern eyes in method and

  9. says:

    stauffer said start here it took me 11 years but i read it

  10. says:

    This book by the famed Italian architect and humanist Alberti first published in 1435 was intended to be a presentation of the theoretical rud

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