Candide No. 2 — 07/2010 — Analysis

Anke Naujokat
Ut rhetorica architectura.
Leon Battista Alberti's Technique of Architectural Collage

Leon Battista Alberti, probably the most innovative architect of early Renaissance Italy, has always fascinated scholars by virtue of the striking interpenetration of theory and practice manifest in his work. As an architect, Alberti was an autodidact. Without the benefit of the formative influence of a master or design education, the roots of his conception of architecture lie in his intellectual formation through humanistic rhetoric. The present study demonstrates with reference to a specific project — the Tempietto of the Holy Sepulchre in Florence — how Alberti’s humanist approach conditioned his method of architectural design.

Candide No. 2, 07/2010

Pages 73-100

Alberti's Tempietto of the Holy Sepulchre, Florence, 1438–43.
Alberti's Tempietto of the Holy Sepulchre, Florence, 1438–43.
Photo: Anke Naujokat.

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