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Leon Battista Alberti e le arti a Firenze tra ragione e bellezza

Cristina Acidini, Gabriele Morolli

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edited by C. Acidini e G. Morolli

exhibition catalogue: Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, 11 March-23 July 2006

publication year: 2006
paperback with flaps
245x290 mm; 480 pp.
192 colour and 174 b&w illustrations

88-7461-085-8 Mandragora [Italian]
88-88967-55-9 Maschietto [Italian]

The ambitious aim of both the catalogue and the exhibition (Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, 11 March-23 July 2006) is to introduce present modern readers and visitors to the work and writings of Leon Battista Alberti, one of the most complex and intriguing figures of the Italian Renaissance and one whose influence was felt in the most diverse fields for centuries after his death.

The study is divided into seven sections and proceeds, inevitably, across different disciplines, moving from painted masterpieces by Botticelli and Scheggia to Alberti’s buildings and architectural projects; the genesis and history of Alberti’s writings are also documented through manuscripts, first editions and printed books. The catalogue entries on the art works appearing in each section are preceded by essays illustrating the curators’ critical approach and explaining why specific pieces were chosen for the exhibition. Emphasis is also given to the issue of conservation: modern techniques are illustrated and restoration projects are detailed, a number of these promoted and begun alongside the exhibition.

The focus is on Florence and Tuscany, but numerous art works were specially lent by national (Milan, Rome, Naples) and international (London, New York, Paris, Vienna, Washington DC) museums and institutions. Appendices and technical essays on the innovative multimedia projects developed for the exhibition complete the catalogue.

Table of contents:

C. Acidini, Alberti, il «Della pittura», i pittori: appunti fiorentini
G. Morolli, Alberti e Firenze: un esilio perpetuo?

Prologo. L’arte edificatoria: tra cielo e terra

i. ALBERTI E LA FAMIGLIA
i.1. Immagini di Leon Battista
i.2. Testimonianze biografiche

ii. L’ANTICO D’ORIENTE: GRECI ED EBREI
ii.1. Il concilio del 1439
ii.2. Il Certame e le corone

iii. TRA I RUCELLAI E I MEDICI
iii.1. Il palazzo di Giovanni
iii.2. Il Santo Sepolcro dei Rucellai
iii.3. La facciata di Santa Maria Novella
iii.4. La villa all’antica
iii.5. Alberti, Lorenzo e Roma

iv. FIRENZE DI ALBERTI: CITTÀ E TERRITORIO
iv.1. Tribune monumentali
iv.2. Templi cristiani all’antica
iv.3. Il ritorno del marmo

v. I TRATTATI NEL TEMPO
v.1. La fortuna del De re aedificatoria
v.2. Immagini dal De pictura

vi. ALBERTI E LE SCIENZE
vi.1. L’invenzione della prospettiva
vi.2. Misura e rappresentazione
vi.3. La cultura delle macchine

vii. CITTÀ FUTURE, CITTÀ ALL’ANTICA
vii.1. Il palazzo all’antica: tra artificio e ornamento
vii.2. Le vie sopraelevate
vii.3. Il “ritratto” della città

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Abbreviazioni bibliografiche
Referenze fotografiche

Essays by: Cristina Acidini, Amedeo Belluzzi, Lucia Bertolini, Paolo Bertoncini Sabatini, Maria Bonelli, Stefano Borsi, Simonetta Bracciali, Filippo Camerota, Ferruccio Canali, Stefano G. Casu, Emilia Daniele, Annamaria Giusti, Roberto Lunardi, Paola Massalin, Mauro Matteini, Gabriele Morolli, David Napolitano, Brenda Preyer, Francesco Quinterio, Alessandro Rinaldi, Giuseppina Carla Romby, Vincenzo Vaccaro

Contributions by: Cristina Acidini, Duccio Alberti, Francesca Baldry, Anna Ballian, Francesco Bandini, Roberta Bartoli, Amedeo Belluzzi, Lucia Bertolini, Paolo Bertoncini Sabatini, Andrei Bliznukov, Giorgio Bonsanti, Stefano Borsi, Filippo Camerota, Ferruccio Canali, Elena Capretti, Caterina Cardamone, Ornella Casazza, Stefano G. Casu, Rosanna Caterina Proto Pisani, Melania Ceccanti, Alessandro Cecchi, Anna Comparini, Emilia Daniele, Francesco Paolo Di Teodoro, Angela Dillon Bussi, Carlo Francini, Elena Gallo, Annamaria Giusti, Claudia Kryza-Gersch, Roberto Lunardi, Maria Pia Mannini, Paola Massalin, Gabriele Morolli, Cinzia Nenci, Michel Paoli, Claudio Paolini, Fabrizio Paolucci, Francesca Petrucci, Carla Pinzauti, Brenda Preyer, Francesco Quinterio, Alessandro Rinaldi, Bruno Santi, Mario Scalini, Piero Scapecchi, Magnolia Scudieri, Maria Sframeli, Ilaria Taddei, Bruna Maria Tomasello, Corinna Vasic Vatovec, Agnese Vastano, Florence Viguier