Santa Maria Novella
Detailed and ornate the façade of the Florentine Santa Maria Novella church is a visualization of Alberti’s definition of ecclesiastical design, commissioned for his patron, Giovanni Rucellai, Santa Maria Novella was Alberti’s first major project following the 1452 publication of his treatise on the building. Alberti allowed himself to pay tribute to the great works of antiquity behind the arches and columns by focusing on the ornamental and design elements of the church’s exterior.
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