A Brief Bibliography

Titles are listed in order of the date of publication. Over 500 books and articles have been written on Alberti (including editions of his own writings) between 2000 and 2011, according to the OPAC of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz.

Leon Battista Alberti. Leon Battista Alberti: On Painting. "A New Translation and Critical Edition...Edited and Translated by: Rocco Sinisgalli." Cambridge, UK, 2011.

Transhumanism, Meet Humanism: Leon Battista Alberti’s Vision by Sarah Constantine. Published March 29, 2011 online by h+.

Sergio Bettini. "Ricerche sulla luce in architettura: Vitruvio e Alberti." Annali di architettura. 22 (2010(2011)): 21-44.

Caspar Pearson. Humanism and the Urban World: Leon Battista Alberti and the Renaissance City. University Park, PA, 2011.

Massimo Bulgarelli. "L'Alberti e l'uso delle fonti architettoniche : il Sant'Andrea di Mantova e San Marco di Venezia." Albertiana. 13 (2010): 19-44.

Hubert Damisch. "The inventor of painting." The Oxford Art Journal. 33 (2010) 3: 301-316.

Gabriele Morolli. "Pienza e Alberti: il tempio, il palazzo, la citta' nel 'De Re Aedificatoria'." In: Brunelleschi, Alberti, e oltre. Florence, 2010: 106-116

Antonio Paolucci, ed. Il Tempio Malatestiano a Rimini = The Tempio Malatestiano in Rimini. 2 vols. Modena, 2010.

Nikolaos-Ion Terzoglou. "The human mind and design creativity: Leon Battista Alberti and 'lineamenta'." In: The humanities in architectural design : a contemporary and historical perspective. Soumyen Bandyopadhyay,ed. London, 2010: 136-146.

Leandro Ventura. "Brevi note di iconografia politica : Leon Battista Alberti e Andrea Mantegna alla corte dei Gonzaga." Civiltà mantovana. 3.Ser. 45 (2010) 129: 52-68.

Matteo Burioni. Die Renaissance der Architekten: Profession und Souveraenitaet des Baukuenstlers in Giorgio Vasaris Viten. Berlin, 2008.

Arturo Calzona, Francesco Paolo Fiore, and Cesare Vasoli, eds. Leon Battista Alberti: Teorico delle arti e gli impegni civili del 'De re aedificatoria'. 2 vols. Florence, 2007.
Book Review: Christine Smith. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. 61, No. 4, (Winter, 2008): 1254-1257.

Angelo Turchini. Il Tempio Malatestiano, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta e Leon Battista Alberti. Cesena, 2000.
Book Review: Alberto G. Cassani. Albertiana. 10 (2007(2008)): 235-245.

Cristina Acidini and Gabriele Morolli, eds. L'uomo del Rinascimento: Leon Battista Alberti e le arti a Firenze tra ragione e bellezza. Florence, 2006. A feast of essays on Alberti, influences, art, patrons and other subjects.
Book Review: Timothy Kircher. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. LX, no. 1 (Spring, 2007): 165-167.

Roberto Cardini, Lucia Bertolini, and Mariangela Regoliosi, eds. Leon Battista Alberti: la biblioteca di un umanista. Florence, 2006.
Book Review: Timothy Kircher. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. LX, no. 1 (Spring, 2007): 165-167.

Anthony Grafton. Leon Battista Alberti: Master Builder of the Italian Renaissance. New York, 2000.
A selection of Chapter One. I wonder if accessing this counts against one's 20 page per month freebie NYT account?
Book Review: Alina Payne. The Art Bulletin. Vol. 85, No. 2 (June, 2003) 387-390.

Charles Hope. "'Composition' from Cennini and Alberti to Vasari." In: Pictorial composition from medieval to modern art. Paul Taylor and Francois Quiviger, eds. London, 2000: 27-44.

Wolfgang Strohmayer. "Leon Battista Alberti Schonheitsbegriff und traditionelle Entwurfsgrundlagen." Archiv fur Musikwissenschaft. 58,3 (2000): 231-260.

Alina A. Payne. Architectural treatise in the Italian Renaissance: architectural invention, ornament and literary culture. Cambridge, MA. >
Book Review: Christine Smith. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. 59 (2000): 110-112.

Charles Davis. "La fortuna di Giorgio Vasari nell'incisione: l'Architettura di Leon Battista Alberti del 1565 e altre vicende." in: Gedenkschrift fuer Richard Harprath. Wolfgang Liebenwein and Anchise Tempestini, eds. Munich, 1998: 105-118.

Roy T. Eriksen. "Vasari and the kinship of perspective and printing." Source. 17 (1998) 2: 1-3.

Robert Tavernor. On Alberti and the Art of Building. New Haven, 1998.

Cristelle L. Baskins. "Echoing Narcissus in Alberti's 'Della Pittura'." Oxford Art Journal. Vol. 16, No. 1 (1993): 25-33.

Paul Davies. "The Madonna delle Carceri in Prato and Italian Renaissance Pilgrimage Architecture." Architectural History. Vol. 36, (1993): 1-18.

Christine Smith. Architecture in the culture of early humanism: ethics, aesthetics, and eloquence; 1400-1470. New York, 1992.
Book Review. Christy Anderson. Renaissance Quarterly. 47 (1994): 999-1000.
Book Review. Sarah Beverly Benson. Albertiana. 1 (1998): 209-211.

Susannah Foster Baxendale. "Exile in Practice: The Alberti Family In and Out of Florence 1401-1428." Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. 44, No. 4 (Winter, 1991): 720-756.

Laurie Schneider. "Leon Battista Alberti: Some Biographical Implications of the Winged Eye." The Art Bulletin. Vol. 72, No. 2 (June, 1990): 261-270.

Franco Borsi. Leon Battista Alberti. (1977, reissued 1989)

James Beck. "Leon Battista Alberti and the 'Night Sky' at San Lorenzo." Artibus et Historiae. Vol. 10, No. 19 (1989): 9-35.

Phyllis Williams Lehmann. "Alberti and Antiquity: Additional Observations." in Art Bulletin vol. LXX:3 (Sept. 1989 ), 388-400.

Christine M. Sperling. "Leon Battista Alberti's Inscriptions on the Holy Sepulchre in the Cappella Rucellai, San Pancrazio, Florence." Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. 52 (1989):221-228.

L. B. Alberti. On the Art of Building in Ten Books. Cambridge, MIT Press, 1988.

Thomas Kuehn. "Reading between the Patrilines: Leon Battista Alberti's "Della Famiglia" in Light of His Illegitimacy." I Tatti Studies: Essays in the Renaissance. Vol. 1, (1985): 161-187.

Jane Andrews Aiken. "Leon Battista Alberti's System of Human Proportions." Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. Vol. 43, (1980): 68-96.

Rudolf Wittkower. Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism. 4th ed. (1973, reissued 1988).

Franklin Toker. "Alberti's Ideal Architect: Renaissance--or Gothic?" In: Renaissance Studies in Honor of Craig Hugh Smyth, vol. II: 667-674. Villa I Tatti: 7.

Franco Borsi. Leon Battista Alberti. (1977, reissued 1989).

Carroll William Westfall. In This Most Perfect Paradise: Alberti, Nicholas V, and the invention of conscious urban planning in Rome: 1447-55.. University Park [1974]

Joan Kelly-Gadol. Leon Battista Alberti: Universal Man of the Early Renaissance. (1969, reprinted 1973).

A. D. Fraser Jenkins. "Cosimo de' Medici's Patronage of Architecture and the Theory of Magnificence." Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. Vol. 33, (1970): 162-170.

Toby Yuen. "The 'Bibliotheca Graeca': Castagno, Alberti, and Ancient Sources." The Burlington Magazine.Vol. 112, No. 812 (November, 1970): 724-736.

Samuel Y. Edgerton, Jr. "Alberti's Colour Theory: A Medieval Bottle without Renaissance Wine." Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. Vol. 32, (1969): 109-134.

Carroll W. Westfall. "Painting and the Liberal Arts: Alberti's View." Journal of the History of Ideas. Vol. 30, No. 4 (October/December, 1969): 487-506.

J. H. Whitfield. "Leon Battista Alberti, Ariosto, and Dosso Dossi." Italian Studies. Volume 21, 1966: 16-30.

C. Grayson. "A Portrait of Leon Battista Alberti." The Burlington Magazine. Vol. 96, No. 615, Italian Painting and Drawing 1400-1600 (June, 1954): 177-179.

Girolamo Mancini. Vita di Leon Battista Alberti. Florence, 1882.

The Electronic Hypnerotomachia. Originally, 1499.

Alberti: Excerpts from On Painting, 1436. From MIT Press.

Web Gallery of Art.

Cast bronze medal of Leon Battista Alberti by Matteo de'Pasti. "About AD 1450-5." The British Museum.

Alberti: Self-Portrait. "Circa 1435." National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C. Might want to compare this version with that of Matteo de'Pasti, linked above.

L'Uomo del Rinascimento: Leon Battista Alberti. Web site of the exhibition of 2006.

Images from the exhibition.

Alberti's Ideal City. In 3-D from Second Life.

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