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Momus by Leon Battista Alberti

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"Momus" is the most ambitious literary creation of Leon Battista Alberti, the famous humanist-scientist-artist and "universal man" of the Italian Renaissance. In this dark comedy, written around 1450, Alberti charts the lively fortunes of his anti-hero Momus, the unscrupulous and vitriolic god of criticism. Alberti deploys his singular erudition and wit to satirize subjects from court life and politics to philosophy and intellectuals, from grand architectural designs to human and divine folly. The possible contemporary resonance for Alberti's satire - read variously as a humanist roman-a-clef and as a veiled mockery of the mid-Quattrocento papacy - is among its most intriguing aspects. While his more famous books on architecture, painting and family have long been regarded as indispensable to a study of Renaissance culture, "Momus" has attracted increasing attention from scholars as a work anticipating the realism of Machiavelli and the satiric wit of Erasmus. This edition provides a Latin text, based on the two earliest manuscripts, both corrected by Alberti himself, and includes a full translation into English.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674007543
ISBN-10: 0674007549
Format: Hardback
(208mm x 147mm x 28mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 6-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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In this volume Rocco Sinisgalli presents a new English translation and critical examination of Alberti's seminal text.

Treatise on Painting by Leon Battista Alberti Treatise on Painting, Paperback (April 2005)

The principal repository of da Vinci's practical thoughts on the technique of drawing and painting. Precise instructions on drawing the human, techniques of rendering motion, perspective, composition, the expression of various emotions, more.

On the Art of Building in Ten Books by Leon Battista Alberti On the Art of Building in Ten Books, Paperback (September 1991)

This is the first English translation based on the original De Re Aedificatoria, the exceptionally eloquent Latin text on which Alberti's reputation as a theorist is founded.

On Painting by Leon Battista Alberti On Painting, Paperback (February 1991)

Alberti`s "Della Pittura" was the first modern analytical study of painting. A systematic description of the one-point perspective construction, it was designed to persuade both patron and painter in the Renaissance to discard the old tastes in painting for the new.

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Author Biography - Leon Battista Alberti

SARAH KNIGHT is Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick. VIRGINIA BROWN is Senior Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.

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