|Leon Battista Alberti|
|Born||Leon Battista Alberti
February 14, 1404
|Died||April 25, 1472
|Known for||Architecture, Linguistics, Poetry|
|Notable work||Tempio Malatestiano, Palazzo Rucellai, Santa Maria Novella|
When I investigate and when I discover that the forces of the heavens and the planets are within ourselves, then truly I seem to be living among the gods.
Beauty: the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract or change without impairing the harmony of the whole.
We must always take from nature what we paint and always choose the most beautiful things.
Painting contains a divine force which… makes the dead seem almost alive.
I will never tire of recommending the custom, practiced by the best architects, of preparing not only drawings and sketches, but also models of wood or any other material. These… enable us to examine… the work as a whole… and, before continuing any further, to estimate the likely trouble and expense.