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. Although he often is 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 fifteenth century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leon Battista Alberti has received more than 789,071 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Leon Battista Alberti is the 11th most popular architect (up from 12th in 2019), the 140th most popular biography from Italy (up from 148th in 2019) and the 6th 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 11 out of 424Before him are Vitruvius, Imhotep, Filippo Brunelleschi, Andrea Palladio, Donato Bramante, and Albert Speer. After him are Walter Gropius, Alvar Aalto, Frank Lloyd Wright, Oscar Niemeyer, Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

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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, Stjepan Vukčić Kosača, John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, Orban, 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, Nezahualcoyotl, Gaston IV, Count of Foix, Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Janus Pannonius, John Vitéz, and George of Trebizond.

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Among people born in Italy, Leon Battista Alberti ranks 140 out of 4,088Before him are Nerva (30), Donato Bramante (1443), Sergio Leone (1929), Cardinal Mazarin (1602), Pope Sylvester I (300), and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463). After him are Catherine of Siena (1347), Pope Pius VI (1717), Galba (-3), Pope Pius VIII (1761), Luigi Galvani (1737), and Boethius (480).


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), Giacomo della Porta (1533), Richard Rogers (1933), and Aldo Rossi (1931).