Leon Battista Alberti
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"Leon Battista Alberti" was an Italy/Italian Renaissance humanist/humanist author, artist, architect, poet, Catholic priest/priest, linguistics/linguist, philosopher and cryptography/cryptographer; he epitomised the Polymath/Renaissance Man. Although he is often characterized as an "architect" exclusively, as James Beck has observed, "to single out one of Leon Battista's 'fields' over others as somehow functionally independent and self-sufficient is of no help at all to any effort to characterize Alberti's extensive explorations in the fine arts." Alberti's life was described in Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects.

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