Building outside time in Alberti’s De re aedificatoria. MARVIN TRACHTENBERG. For all of the vast knowledge of ancient and contemporary sources, monuments. Title: Alberti, Leon Battista, De re aedificatoria. Manuscript (Ms 1). Dates: circa Manuscript Number: Codex Ms 1. Size: 1 volume; 30 x 21 cm. Repository. Leon Battista Alberti wrote De re aedificatoria in the middle of the 15th century. The terminus post quem for the beginning of the writing is traditionally set in .

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The Berlin Collection At the Este court in Ferrara, where Alberti was first made a welcome guest inthe Marchese Leonello encouraged and commissioned him to direct his talents toward another field of endeavour: Choay, Paris, Seuil, Transcribed version of the text.

The De re aedificatoria intends not only to update the work, but also to go deeper and to put the internal logic of antique architecture to a critical test. Above all, Alberti defines architecture as an activity of the mind and soul, and the architect is so to speak a physicist like Aristotle, who thinks about the shapes of bodies considered as abstract elements defined by points, lines and surfaces, and who, as a builder, chooses materials according to the shape that the building will take.

Fiaschi, “Una copia di tipografia finora sconosciuta: This text is taken from a development devoted to the form and matter of objects produced by nature and by art, in which Aristotle explains that any object, natural or produced by man, can be studied either from the physical point of view- the matter- or from the mathematical point of view- the form.

De re aedificatoria provided the Renaissance with an organized program for architectural design. Chapels add small geometric figures to the basic circles and polygons to give a great variety of floor plans, in which each geometrical figure retains its clear unity and simple ratios that bind all elements of the plans and elevations into a harmonic unity.


Tura, “Saggio su alcuni selezionati problemi di bibliografia fiorentina”, A. According to Alberti, Vitruvius seems to want to speak Greek to the Latins and Latin to the Greeks so that one can’t understand anything “ut non intelligamus” Krautheimer See the Special Collections circulation desk for additional information.

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Polykleitos Canon Vitruvius De architectura. The images presented here may include materials reflecting the attitudes, language, and stereotypes of an earlier time period. A contemporary reader can legitimately wonder how a body can have lineamenta. Filologia, esegesi, tradizioneFlorence, Polistampa,2, pp. Adeificatoria effect Mathematical beauty Patterns in nature Sacred geometry.


Thus I will limit myself to the question of sources and to a synthetic description of the treatise’s structure and to the general themes characterizing the different parts making up the treatise, as well as a brief development of Alberti’s global conception of architecture.

In the first, Books I, II and III, Lineamentamateria et opus deal with architecture as projective disegnoand with construction understood from the point of view of materials and implementation. Architecture was born at the same time as man, developed in parallel fashion to the human society that it continues to organize, protect and structure. He goes on, “If we look at the ancients, physics would to be concerned with the matter.


Le stampe del Quattrocento”, R. Mathematics and architecture and Mathematics and art. Alberti, Leon Battista, De re aedificatoria. Adolfo Turapp. Codex Ms 1 View cover front -fol. De re aedificatoria is subdivided into ten books and includes:.

Ten Books on Architecture | work by Alberti |

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nine ideal centrally-planned geometrical shapes are recommended for churches; besides the circle he lists the square, the hexagon, octagon, decagon and dodecagon, all derived from the circle, and, derived from the square, aedificatotia that exhibit the square and a half, square and a third and double square, all of which have enharmonic parallels in music.

Retrieved from ” https: Portoghesi, Milan, Il Polifilo, It is the user’s sole responsibility to secure any necessary copyright permission to reproduce or publish documents, texts, and images from any holders of rights in the original materials. Non enim tignarium adducam fabrumquem tu summis caeterarum disciplinarum viris compares: Alberti deals with architecture as an overall human science, which, tending to man as a separate individual as well as a member of the community, takes care to consciously fit him into an area in order to contribute to his happiness.


The texts of the ten books were divided into chapters for the alverti time. Peter’s and the Vatican Palace. De re aedificatoria remained the classic treatise on architecture from the 16th until the 18th aediicatoria. During his stay in the Eternal City he apparently favored the study of architecture and Latin prose over that of the common language and figurative arts. It is very useful to compare this text to the famous definition of the architect: Refer to this passage of Aristotle’s Physics: Inclusion of such materials does not constitute an endorsement of their content by the University of Chicago.

Leon Battista Alberti – the humanist as architect. To these ten books Alberti apparently intended to add four others, devoted to ship construction, to arithmetic and geometry, to the public revenue department and anything that had to do with architecture.

He was a colleague of Alberti’s and defined him as the author of the most elegant book on the art of building. The other passage gives perhaps an even clearer account of the Aristotelian inspiration of the Albertian concept of architecture, ” The arts, therefore, which govern the matter and have knowledge are two, namely the art which uses the product and the art which directs the production of it.

The humanist demands that the architect have two capabilities: