Renaissance concept of the artist originated in Florence

In 1435, the Renaissance concept of an artist originated in Florence, Italy, all due to Leon Battista Alberti’s influential book De pictura, or Della pittura (On Painting). Alberti, himself a painter and a master of many disciplines, helped elevate the artist from an artisan to a creator whose achievements sprang from the knowledge of a developed intellect, this included the mathematical and measuring skills needed to produce paintings with perspective.

      Leon Battista Alberti
      Florence, Italy

Additional Information:

  • Leon Battista Alberti – Wikipedia
    Leon Battista Alberti was born in 1404 in Genoa. His mother is unknown, and his father was a wealthy Florentine who had been exiled from his own city, allowed to return in 1428.
  • Leon Battista Alberti: Renaissance Architect, Art Theorist
    The Italian architect, painter, sculptor, and writer Leon Battista Alberti was the most important art-theorist of the Early Renaissance. His importance in the arts of painting, sculpture and architecture is mainly due to his three influential treatises on Renaissance art: De Statua and Della Pittura (1435) and De Re Aedificatoria (1452).
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  • Leon Battista Alberti: A True Renaissance Man – ThoughtCo
    Leon Battista Alberti was also known as Battista Alberti, Leo Battista Alberti, Leone Battista Alberti. He was known for pursuing philosophical, artistic, scientific and athletic endeavors in a successful attempt to become a true “Renaissance Man.”

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