Alberti, Leon Battista
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Italian Humanist, theoretician of architecture and mathematician. Born 14. 2. 1404 in Genoa, probably died 20. 4. 1472 in Rome. Studied at Bologna and Padua. 1432–1464 Abbreviator Apostolicus in Rome.

Background and work

Born – illegitimate and in Genoese exile – into a Florentine merchant family, A. spent his childhood in Genoa and Venice. He attended the school of Gasparino Barzizza at Padua 1415–1418; among his fellow pupils were Francesco Filelfo and Antonio Beccadelli (Panormita). His fir…

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Wolkenhauer, Anja, “Alberti, Leon Battista”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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