Building outside time in Alberti’s De re aedificatoria. MARVIN TRACHTENBERG. For all of the vast knowledge of ancient and contemporary sources, monuments. Title: Alberti, Leon Battista, De re aedificatoria. Manuscript (Ms 1). Dates: circa Manuscript Number: Codex Ms 1. Size: 1 volume; 30 x 21 cm. Repository. Leon Battista Alberti wrote De re aedificatoria in the middle of the 15th century. The terminus post quem for the beginning of the writing is traditionally set in .

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The idea that the body in itself can be considered as “a design” comes from the Aristotelian distinction between form and matter. Fiaschi, “Una copia di tipografia finora sconosciuta: Large blue Roman initials were intended to mark the beginning of each section, but after the Introduction and Book I, the initials have not been painted in. De re aedificatoria is subdivided into ablerti books and includes:.

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Huic mentem cogitationemque, huic alteri parationem selectionemque adhibendam” Orlandi-Portoghesi, p. The images presented here may include materials reflecting the attitudes, language, and stereotypes of aexificatoria earlier time period. This is all perfectly consistent with the Greek philosopher’s writings: Ordini, templi e fabbriche civili: With customary thoroughness, Alberti embarked upon a study of the architectural and engineering practices of antiquity that he continued when he returned to Rome in with the papal court.

Inclusion of such materials does not constitute an endorsement of their content by the University of Chicago. The De re aedificatoria was conceived of and written in Latin, deliberately deprived of illustrations which, according to Alberti himself, were “extraneous to the project” res ab instituto alienaed.

Alberti writes, “Nam aedificium quidem corpus quoddam esse animadvertimus, albertii lineamentis veluti alia corpora constare et materia. Leonello inspired a great Humanistic undertaking as well as a mode of artistic practice on Alberti’s part by urging him to restore the classic text of Vitruvius, architect and architectural theorist of the age of the Roman emperor Augustus.

Opera completaMilan, Electa, 1 st ed.

The hypothesis according to which Poliziano took charge of collating the diverse manuscripts and correcting the proofs has not been proved. By the time Nicholas V became pope in allberti, Alberti was knowledgeable enough to become the Pope’s architectural adviser. A contemporary reader can legitimately wonder how a body can have lineamenta. To these ten books Alberti apparently intended to add four others, devoted albeti ship construction, to arithmetic and geometry, to the public aedkficatoria department and anything that had to do with architecture.


The Latin text of this edition was reprinted in Paris in aedificatpria the care of Geoffroy Tory at the printing shop of Berthold Rembolt. The De re aedificatoria intends not only to update the work, but also to go deeper and to put the internal logic of antique architecture to a critical test.

This work has been rebound and binding fragments retained. Grayson, “The composition of L. Codex Ms 1 View cover front -fol. But if on the other hand art imitates nature, and it is the part of the same discipline to know the form and the matter up to a point e. In the first, Books I, II and III, Lineamentamateria et opus deal with architecture as projective disegnoand with construction understood from the point of view of materials and implementation. Two more indicators allow us to put the date at Leon Battista Alberti wrote De re aedificatoria in the middle of the 15 th century.

Here Alberti makes the distinction between competence alberfi form and competence regarding matter, which covers that distinguishing the architect from the carpenter- and in this passage, one will also have noticed the reference to Cicero’s Brutus 73,a well-known text by the humanist abbreviator of ree Roman curia.

That is why the using art also is in a sense directive; but it differs in that it knows the form, whereas algerti art which is directive as being concerned with production knows the matter” Eng. Portoghesi, Milan, Il Polifilo, The University of Chicago Library, in its capacity as owner of the physical property represented by the digital images linked to this finding aid, encourages the use of these materials for educational and scholarly purposes.

Ten Books on Architecture

It is very useful to compare this text to the famous definition of the architect: Lastly, Book X, Operum instauratioconcerns resoration. Retrieved from ” https: Orlandi, introduction and notes by P.

If Poliziano’s brief letter can be believed, Leon Battista Alberti apparently intended to publish his aedifictoria himself, dedicating it to Lorenzo de Medici. It is the user’s sole responsibility to secure any necessary copyright permission to reproduce or publish documents, texts, and images from any holders of rights in the original materials.


Salvi, “Edizioni, versioni e illustrazioni del De re Aedificatoria. On Leon Battista Alberti’s De re aedificatoria. Any reproduction or publication from these digital images requires that the following credit line be included: Nevertheless, and this albdrti well known, the definition of such a concept poses a problem, since in Alberti’s system, the disegno is part of the body itself. Filologia, esegesi, tradizioneFlorence, Polistampa,2, pp.

Books IV and V, Universorum opus, singulorum opustreat the typology of the edifices; the next four books, Ornamentum, sacrorum ornamentum, publici profani ornamentumare devoted to the aesthetic definition of architecture. Alberti brought his theories to fruition by designing churches in Rimini and Milan, and the Rucallai palace in Florence.

In his survey of desirable floor plans for sacred buildings— “temples” in his phrase—Alberti begins with the ideal form of the circle, which is expressed in numerous examples of Nature. When quoting sedificatoria from this collection, the preferred citation is: Non enim tignarium adducam fabrumquem tu summis caeterarum disciplinarum viris compares: Chapels add small geometric figures to the basic circles and polygons to give a great variety of floor plans, in which each geometrical figure retains its clear unity and simple ratios that bind all elements of the plans and elevations into a harmonic unity.

Mathematics and architecture and Mathematics and art. This text is taken from a development devoted to the form and matter of objects produced by nature and by art, in which Aristotle explains that any object, natural or produced by man, can be studied either from the physical point of view- the matter- or from the mathematical point of view- the form. It was followed in with the first printed edition of Vitruvius. The other passage gives perhaps an even clearer account of the Aristotelian inspiration of the Albertian concept of architecture, ” The arts, therefore, which govern the matter and have knowledge are two, namely the art which uses the product and the art which directs the production of aedjficatoria.

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