Less ornate than his earlier work, Alberti’s design for the façade for the church San Sebastiano displays many of the characteristics of his style such as decorative columns, a structural symmetry, and rounded arches above the doorways that are repeated at the structure’s pediment. While the façade of the church is its most striking feature Alberti’s remaining plans were never implemented. Work on the project slowed over the course of several years and Alberti died before it was finished.
Leon Battista Alberti
Born: 14 February 1404, Genoa, Italy
Died: 25 April 1472, Rome, Italy
Alberti was a humanist author, architect, artist, poet, linguist, philosopher, priest, and cryptographer. He exemplified the nature of the polymath and is considered the founder of Western cryptography