Leon Battista Alberti - Quotes

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We must always take from nature what we paint and always choose the most beautiful things. ---->>>

Beauty: the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract or change without impairing the harmony of the whole. ---->>>

When I investigate and when I discover that the forces of the heavens and the planets are within ourselves, then truly I seem to be living among the gods.

When I investigate and when I discover that the forces of the heavens and the planets are within ourselves, then truly I seem to be living among the gods.

The city is like a great house, and the house in its turn a small city. ---->>>

Men can do all things if they will. ---->>>

A man can do all things if he but wills them. ---->>>

Painting contains a divine force which... makes the dead seem almost alive. ---->>>

I will never tire of recommending the custom, practiced by the best architects, of preparing not only drawings and sketches, but also models of wood or any other material. These... enable us to examine... the work as a whole... and, before continuing any further, to estimate the likely trouble and expense. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Italian
Born: February 14, 1404
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Die: April 25, 1472
Occupation: Architect
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Leon Battista Alberti (Italian pronunciation: [leˈom batˈtista alˈbɛrti]; February 14, 1404 – April 25, 1472) was an Italian 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 (wikipedia)