On the Art of Building in Ten Books

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MIT Press, 1988 - Architecture - 442 pages

De Re Aedificatoria, by Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472), was the first modern treatise on the theory and practice of architecture. Its importance for the subsequent history of architecture is incalculable, yet this is the first English translation based on the original, exceptionally eloquent Latin text on which Alberti's reputation as a theorist is founded.

 

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Contents

Foreword by Angelo Poliziano
1
Prologue
2
Lineaments
8
Materials
34
Construction
62
Public Works
92
Works of Individuals
117
Ornament
156
Ornament to Public Secular Buildings
244
Ornament to Private Buildings
291
Restoration of Buildings
320
Abbreviations Used in the Notes
363
Notes
366
Bibliography
417
Glossary
420
Index
429

Ornament to Sacred Buildings
189

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About the author (1988)

Joseph Rykwert is Paul Philippe Cret Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania.

Neil Leach is an architect and theorist who has taught at a number of institutions worldwide, including the Architectural Association in London, the Dessau Institute Dessau, Germany, and Columbia University. He is the author, editor, or translator of more than a dozen books, including Rethinking Architecture, The Anaesthetics of Architecture (MIT Press, 1999), and Alberti's On the Art of Building in Ten Books (MIT Press 1991).

Robert Tavernor is Professor and Head of Architecture at the University of Bath and a practicing architect. His previous books include a translation (with Joseph Rykwert and Neil Leach) of Alberti's On the Art of Building in Ten Books; and Palladio and Palladianism.

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