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Product Details

  • Series: Classics S
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (July 2, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140433317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140433319
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.3 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Latin (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Leon Battista Alberti was the archetype of the Renaissance 'universal man'. Bron in Genoa in 1404, he belonged to one of the wealthy merchant-banker families of Florence, and was sent to boarding school in Padua where he received a classical Latin education. Graduating in canon law from the University of Bologna, he subsequently entered the service of the Church and became a secretary in the Papal Chancery at Rome. Taking holy orders, he returned to Florence in 1434, where his association with Donatello and Brunelleschi led to the book On Painting and his interest in the design of Churches. He died in Rome in 1472. Cecil Grayson was Serena Professor of Italian Studies and Fellow of Magdalen College from 1958 to 1987 and was honoured by numerous Italian academies. The leading authority on Alberti's written work, he was awarded the CBE in 1992. Martin Kemp has been Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford since 1995.

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The diagrams are especially well done!
Erin Fladmo
It is like this: a veil loosely woven of fine thread ... divided up by thicker threads into as many parallel square sections as you like, and stretched on a frame.
Viktor Blasjo
Use this book in conjunction with a good pictorial survey of art history (or the internet), so that you can readily refer to the pictures he mentions.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By H. South on November 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
Alberti is one of the more readable of the 'classic' authors on Art, much less prone to gossip than Vasari and less convoluted than Cennini. That said, some of the text on geometry in book one can be a bit difficult to follow. Alberti also loves to name-drop, continually referring to antique painters, but this was expected at the time - the ancients lending authority and historical context. 'On Painting' gives the reader an insight into the tastes and philosophies that inform the arts.

Most interesting to me, as a teacher of drawing, were the insights on the fundamentals of life drawing - such as positioning of the head relative to the feet, and the shifting of values becuase of the limitations of white paper (or paint) being the brightest 'light' available to the artist. the saying 'there is nothing new under the sun' comes often to mind - you will read many of Alberti's observations in any contemporary text.

Much of this may seem irrelevant to the modern painter - for example, his comments on consistency in portrayal of the figure may have been more relevant in an age when lay figures were used and painting took hours, but nonetheless bring up key points for the thoughtful artist to consider, especially for those interested in traditional painting. Use this book in conjunction with a good pictorial survey of art history (or the internet), so that you can readily refer to the pictures he mentions.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By paedagogue on October 10, 2012
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as is apparent from the other Amazon reviews. You would not read a medical treatise, or a treatise on physics written 600 years ago, unless you were interested in the crazy-strange ideas entertained by our scientific forebears, and wondered just how we ever got from there to here--but every one of the reviewers here treats this pioneering treatise on the art of painting as if it were a valid (if occasionally heavy-going) alternative to current writings on picture-making!Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R.G.P. on September 13, 2012
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Considering that the text was written 600+ years ago, it is quite interesting when you think about how some of the concepts mentioned now have scientific backing and is accurate to a certain degree. Only downside is that it can be very hard to understand at times especially when Alberti talks about perspective problems. Overall an okay book for most part, but probably not something I would read for fun.
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I am glad that this book is available on Kindle and in print! Leon Battista Alberti was definitely the da Vinci of his lifetime! Many of his architectural and other works are still in existence in Italy. This treatise has been consulted by many great artists over the centuries, and Leonardo commented on it in his own writings. The diagrams are especially well done! If anybody wants to learn about the rediscovery of perspective in Western art, this is the book to get!
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