On Painting

On Painting

by Leon Battista Alberti, Martin Kemp (Editor)


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"For a thoughtful approach to the aesthetic and the attitudes of the art of the Renaissance as it emerged, Alberti's On Painting is clearly the one most valuable source book."—Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

Alberti’s Della Pittura was the first modern analytical study of painting, a pioneering treatise on the theory of art.  A systematic description of the one-point perspective construction, it was primarily designed to persuade both patron and painter in the Renaissance to discard the old tastes in painting for the new. John R. Spencer's translation of Della Pittura is based on all the known manuscripts and is edited with an Introduction and Notes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140433319
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1991
Series: Rare Masterpieces of Philosophy and Science Series
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 366,372
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.27(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

Table of Contents

On Painting - Leon Battista Alberti Introduction
Notes to the Introduction
Further Reading
On Painting
Explanatory Notes

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