On Painting Synopsis

Artist, architect, poet and philosopher, Leon Battista Alberti revolutionized the history of art with his theories of perspective in On Painting (1435). Inspired by the order and beauty inherent in nature, his groundbreaking work sets out the principles of distance, dimension and proportion; instructs the painter on how to use the rules of composition, representation, light and colour to create work that is graceful and pleasing to the eye; and stipulates the moral and artistic pre-requisites of the successful painter. On Painting had an immediate and profound influence on Italian Renaissance artists including Ghiberti, Fra Angelico and Veneziano and on later figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, and remains a compelling theory of art.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780140433319
Publication date: 28th February 1991
Author: Leon Battista Alberti, Mr Martin Kemp, Mr Martin Kemp
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 112 pages
Categories: History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600, Painting & paintings,

About Leon Battista Alberti, Mr Martin Kemp, Mr Martin Kemp

Leon Battista Alberti was the archetype of the Renaissance 'universal man'. Bron in Genoa in 1404, he belonged to one of the wealthy merchant-banker families of Florence, and was sent to boarding school in Padua where he received a classical Latin education. Graduating in canon law from the University of Bologna, he subsequently entered the service of the Church and became a secretary in the Papal Chancery at Rome. Taking holy orders, he returned to Florence in 1434, where his association with Donatello and Brunelleschi led to the book On Painting and his interest in the design of Churches. He died in ...

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