Leon Battista Alberti

1404 - 1472

Leon Battista Alberti

Leon Battista Alberti (Italian: [leˈom batˈtista alˈbɛrti]; February 14, 1404 – April 25, 1472) was an Italian Renaissance humanist author, artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher and cryptographer; he epitomised the Renaissance Man. Although he is often characterized exclusively as an architect, 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 effort to characterize Alberti's extensive explorations in the fine arts." Although Alberti is known mostly for being an artist, he was also a mathematician of many sorts and made great advances to this field during the 15th century. His two most important buildings are the churches of S. Sebastiano (1460) and S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leon Battista Alberti has received more than 648,835 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 12th most popular architect.

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Among architects, Leon Battista Alberti ranks 12 out of 361Before him are Filippo Brunelleschi, Imhotep, Andrea Palladio, Donato Bramante, Albert Speer, and Alvar Aalto. After him are Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Oscar Niemeyer, Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Francesco Borromini.

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Among people born in 1404, Leon Battista Alberti ranks 2Before him is Murad II. After him are Constantine XI Palaiologos, Marie of Anjou, John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, and Joan Beaufort, Queen of Scots. Among people deceased in 1472, Leon Battista Alberti ranks 1After him are Michelozzo, Basilios Bessarion, Amadeus IX, Duke of Savoy, Charles of Valois, Duke of Berry, Gaston IV, Count of Foix, Janus Pannonius, John Vitéz, George of Trebizond, and Jacquetta of Luxembourg.

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Among people born in Italy, Leon Battista Alberti ranks 148 out of 3,282Before him are Pope Clement VIII (1536), Pope Clement XI (1649), Pope Urban VII (1521), Pope Clement XII (1652), Pope Alexander VII (1599), and Pope Benedict XIV (1675). After him are Pope Clement XIV (1705), Pope Innocent X (1574), Pope Clement XIII (1693), Pope Formosus (816), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463), and Pope Leo XI (1535).


Among architects born in Italy, Leon Battista Alberti ranks 6Before him are Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598), Vitruvius (-75), Filippo Brunelleschi (1377), Andrea Palladio (1508), and Donato Bramante (1443). After him are Renzo Piano (1937), Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola (1507), Michelozzo (1396), Richard Rogers (1933), Aldo Rossi (1931), and Arnolfo di Cambio (1240).

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