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Leon Battista Alberti

1404 - 1472

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Leon Battista Alberti (Italian: [leˈom batˈtist‿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.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 944,650 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Leon Battista Alberti is the 11th most popular architect, the 135th most popular biography from Italy (up from 140th 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 11 out of 424Before him are Vitruvius, Mimar Sinan, Filippo Brunelleschi, Alvar Aalto, Albert Speer, and Donato Bramante. After him are Andrea Palladio, Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, Oscar Niemeyer, Louis Sullivan, and Zaha Hadid.

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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, Orban, 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, Nezahualcoyotl, Gaston IV, Count of Foix, Charles of Valois, Duke of Berry, Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Janus Pannonius, George of Trebizond, and John Vitéz.

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Among people born in Italy, Leon Battista Alberti ranks 135 out of 4,668Before him are Pope Gregory IX (1160), Numa Pompilius (-753), Pope Gregory XV (1554), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), Pope Boniface VIII (1235), and Pope Formosus (816). After him are Victor Emmanuel III of Italy (1869), Nerva (30), Andrea Palladio (1508), Pope Clement VIII (1536), Andrea del Verrocchio (1435), and Pope Pius VII (1742).


Among architects born in Italy, Leon Battista Alberti ranks 5Before him are Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598), Vitruvius (-75), Filippo Brunelleschi (1377), and Donato Bramante (1443). After him are Andrea Palladio (1508), Renzo Piano (1937), Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola (1507), Richard Rogers (1933), Michelozzo (1396), Giacomo della Porta (1533), and Aldo Rossi (1931).