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Leon Battista Alberti
Born Leon Battista Alberti
(1404-02-14)February 14, 1404
Genoa, Italy
Died April 25, 1472(1472-04-25) (aged 68)
Rome, Italy
Nationality Italian
Known for Architecture, Linguistics, Poetry
Notable work Tempio Malatestiano, Palazzo Rucellai, Santa Maria Novella
Movement Italian Renaissance

A man can do all things if he but wills them.
Men can do all things if they will.
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.
Leon Battista Alberti
Beauty: the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract or change without impairing the harmony of the whole.
Leon Battista Alberti
We must always take from nature what we paint and always choose the most beautiful things.
Leon Battista Alberti
Painting contains a divine force which… makes the dead seem almost alive.
Leon Battista Alberti
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.
Leon Battista Alberti
The city is like a great house, and the house in its turn a small city.