Leon Battista Alberti

1404 - 1472

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Leon Battista Alberti (Italian: [leˈom batˈtista alˈbɛrti]; 14 February 1404 – 25 April 1472) was an Italian Renaissance humanist author, artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher, and cryptographer; he epitomised the nature of those identified now as polymaths. He is considered the founder of Western cryptography, a claim he shares with Johannes Trithemius. He is often considered primarily an architect. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leon Battista Alberti has received more than 1,070,856 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Leon Battista Alberti is the 10th most popular architect, the 154th most popular biography from Italy (down from 134th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Italian Architect.

Leon Battista Alberti was a Renaissance architect, artist, and writer. He is most famous for his book on architecture, "De Re Aedificatoria."

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Among architects, Leon Battista Alberti ranks 10 out of 518Before him are Vitruvius, Alvar Aalto, Imhotep, Mimar Sinan, Donato Bramante, and Andrea Palladio. After him are Khufu, Albert Speer, Walter Gropius, Oscar Niemeyer, Zaha Hadid, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Among people born in 1404, Leon Battista Alberti ranks 3Before him are Murad II, and Constantine XI Palaiologos. After him are Marie of Anjou, Stjepan Vukčić Kosača, John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, Orban, Joan Beaufort, Queen of Scots, and Anne of Burgundy. Among people deceased in 1472, Leon Battista Alberti ranks 1After him are Michelozzo, Basilios Bessarion, Amadeus IX, Duke of Savoy, Nezahualcoyotl, Charles of Valois, Duke of Berry, Gaston IV, Count of Foix, Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Janus Pannonius, George of Trebizond, and John Vitéz.

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Among people born in Italy, Leon Battista Alberti ranks 154 out of 5,161Before him are Pope Clement VIII (1536), Marcello Mastroianni (1924), Victor Emmanuel III of Italy (1869), Andrea Mantegna (1431), Joseph-Louis Lagrange (1736), and Pope Pius VI (1717). After him are Cato the Elder (-243), Galba (-3), Pope Leo XI (1535), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), Pope Clement I (40), and Gaius Marius (-157).


Among architects born in Italy, Leon Battista Alberti ranks 5Before him are Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598), Vitruvius (-75), Donato Bramante (1443), and Andrea Palladio (1508). After him are Renzo Piano (1937), Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola (1507), Michelozzo (1396), Arnolfo di Cambio (1240), Giacomo della Porta (1533), Guarino Guarini (1624), and Giuliano da Sangallo (1445).