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Anecdotes Of Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472)

( Originally Published 1915 )



Alberti was a gentleman of many accomplishments. He could ride an unbroken horse, jump his own height, and throw an apple over the Duomo of Florence; but he was also a scholar, a writer, indeed a man of universal sympathies.

He is better known for his writings than from the practice of his art. Before he was twenty, he had written a comedy in Latin; and his books on architecture, perspective, and painting had so much influence on others that many supposed him a greater architect than those who really surpassed him.

Vasari says of this : " We are thus taught by experience that in so far as regards name and fame, the written word is that which of all things has the most effectual force, the most vivid life, and the longest duration."

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