Artist, Architect, Poet And Philosopher, Leon Battista Alberti Revolutionized The History Of Art With His Theories Of Perspective In On Painting Inspired By The Order And Beauty Inherent In Nature, His Groundbreaking Work Sets Out The Principles Of Distance, Dimension And Proportion Instructs The Painter On How To Use The Rules Of Composition, Representation, Light And Colour To Create Work That Is Graceful And Pleasing To The Eye And Stipulates The Moral And Artistic Pre Requisites Of The Successful Painter On Painting Had An Immediate And Profound Influence On Italian Renaissance Artists Including Ghiberti, Fra Angelico And Veneziano And On Later Figures Such As Leonardo Da Vinci, And Remains A Compelling Theory Of Art The extrinsic rays of light , thus encircling the plane one touching the other enclose all the plane like the willow wands of a basket cage, and make, as is said, this visual pyramid. Miles J Unger made me very curious about Alberti with some of the references he made during Michelangelo A Life in Six Masterpieces I went looking for anything I could find by or about Leon Battista Alberti One of the books I found was this The prose was beautiful Some of it was insightful Much of it made me smile, since I knew many an accomplished artist would do the exact opposite of Alberti advised Some of it simply made me roll my eyes I came to the conclusion that Leon Battista Alberti was not a man ahead of his times, like Leonardo da Vinci and so many others whom emerged to shine a light upon the dark ages, pointing ahead Alberti was very much a product of the Renaissance, its progress and its prejudices If you wish to get a sense of that time, this is an interesting read Don t accept everything Alberti says at face value Keep a critical eye for statements he claimed were truths Many of them are simply what Alberti believed to be best It does give readers an ideas of some of the aesthetics and morals which circulated during the Renaissance It also gives readers something to think about, in considering how much these elements are subject to change and can be challenged I enjoyed reading this book It inspired me, plus it made me think Its righteous tone irritated me at times, plus a lot of the truths are questionable Still, it was an interesting read. I ve read this book for its historical significance and the fact that it came up on many books I ve read about art and the Renaissance For the actual painting methods and tips though, it was somewhat difficult to understand Like most renaissance men, art goes hand in hand with mathematics and geometry It would be easier to read in a hard copy because the kindle versions with so many links to the illustrations are really annoying to follow All in all, this book nowadays should be accompanied by a lecture, a video or an explanatory text that should explain the context and meaning of Alberti s work. Written during the Renaissance, Alberti s guide to true painting is wonderful Arguing that a true artist is very much a technician they must know arithmetic, literature, and reception of light in order to make an art piece a true work of art I really enjoyed reading this and I am sure that those infatuated with art and everything to do with it will equally enjoy it. Not what I expected, it was common sense on describing a scene on what he expected in a painting It s the first book I ve scene on painting without any images to my dismay Can you imagine writing a book about baseball without photographs or drawings Not the kind of book you d recommend to anybody interested in learning painting Reading a book by Vitruvius and Brunelleschi you ll like better if you re into renaissance material. Ariosto offers a great point of reference for any interested in art and its practice, showing similarity to modern eyes in method and aesthetic appreciation than difference The fact that the work mainly existed in Latin, rather than Italian, makes it even impressive in clarity and skill stauffer said start here it took me 11 years, but i read it Despite being told by Alberti not to bother continuing after the first chapter because I didn t quite grasp his mathematic theories, I finished the book I even gleaned some information from it, ignoramus that I am The following two books were much easy to grasp, being about composition, colour and light He believed that equipped with his lessons, painters can become masters of thur art Alberti himself was a true Renaissance man painter and architect, theorist and essayist, philosopher and humanist He embodied that archetype of Renaissance thinking which is somewhat lost today Although dry and didactic in places, this was nonetheless an enlightening read, even if some of it went over my head, and is a key to understanding the art of his time. Alberti kirjoitti De Picturan latinaksi ja my hemmin italiaksi vuonna 1435 Kyseess on opaskirja maalareille Kolme osaa Ensimm inen k sittelee geometriaa, toinen viivoja, pintoja, kompositiota syvyysperspektiivi , v rej , valoa varjoa valkoinen ja musta ja kolmas osa taiteen ja taiteilijuuden olemusta Luonto on keskeisess roolissa ja maalaustaiteen tulisi j ljitell luontoa Aiheet taiteeseen tutuista asioista ei sooloilua aiheissa , mutta niit voi soveltaa luovasti, esim allegorisesti Taiteilijan tulee olla oppinut, keskitien kulkija, ei rahanahne ja oppineisuuteen sis ltyy kirjallisuuden aihepankki lis ksi vahvasti geometrian tuntemus Maalaajan tulisi k ytt kehitty kseen Albertin kehitt mi tekniikoita, joista tunnetuin lienee j lkik teen nimetty nk Albertin ikkuna ruudukkosysteemi kohteen toistamiseksi maalauspinnalle sommitteluvaiheessa ja viivojen piirt misvaiheessa Albertille maalaustaide on jalo laji, joka ei ole k sity t vaan jolla on korkeampia tarkoitusperi Maalaustaide on kaikkien kuvallisten esitysmuotojen ja taidelajien pohjalla Albertin mukaan Lukukokemuksena kirja saattoi olla hieman puiseva ja samalla kiinnostava Geometria osuus ei ole hankalaa ja aina kun kirjoittaja viittaa antiikkiin, niin tulen iloiseksi.