De re aedificatoria (finished in 1452 and printed in 1485) was an architectural book composed by Leon Battista Alberti, a genuine ‘Renaissance man. He was a skilled writer, mathematician, and athlete. As the individual accountable for construction instructed by the Pope, he had to keep in touch with probably the best work of the hypothesis of design De Re Aedificatoria. De re aedificatoria remained the exemplary composition on a design from the sixteenth until the eighteenth century.

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Alberti had various ways of thinking that should be dependent on works by Vitruvius’ De architectura (the primary book printed on Italian renaissance architecture). Alberti composed a book that gave direction on the most capable strategy to fabricate the vital ornamentation and the external feel of the structure. One rule that Alberti used was a plan of Proportionality that was made by using orderly agreement of musical ratio, to make his structures locked in. 

Portrayed as “the precise and correct outline, conceived in the mind, made up of lines and angles, and perfected in the learned intellect and imagination”, this theory and “lineamenta” were key in Alberti’s pattern of the arrangement. Alberti acknowledged that the “Lineamenta” stayed as a diagram and allowed degrees to be found in the arrangement. The very numbers that make a sound satisfying to the ears, can likewise fill the eyes and psyche with astonishing joy. It applies conspicuousness to the “humanistic approach to design”.

The ten volumes of De re aedificatoria teach the top of the accompanying subject to the bottom. Lineaments, Materials, Construction, Public Works, Works of Individuals, Ornament, Ornament to Sacred Buildings, Ornament to Public Secular Buildings, Ornament to Private Buildings, Restoration of Buildings. 

In the Ten books of the Art of Building Alberti has explained the comfort of a rooftop and walls for individuals. He said that it makes us approach one another and besides become together. Thus, we ought to be grateful to designers not simply in light of the fact that they give us an ensured and welcome climate to dwell yet also for their various headways, which are useful to the individuals and general society and moreover give our day by day needs.


The purpose behind the renaissance building was to contain the pilgrims who visited it during the banquet of Ascension when a vial, that the faithful contend contains the Blood of Christ, is raised from the crypt beneath through an opening in the floor straight under the vault. As per custom the “Most Precious Blood” was brought to Mantua by the Roman centurion Longinus and is safeguarded in the Sacred Vessels. It was held with high regard during the Renaissance which is just shown on Holy Friday. 

Humanism is the concentrating of the works of art and joining their thoughts into one’s own. It is the social development of Renaissance architecture.

Most renaissance traditional architecture shows greater lucidity as it underscores clean lines, mathematical shapes, evenness. It is debated whether that is more levelheaded than middle-age architecture. It was more thoroughly examined, more reliable, more systematic.

The bond with the humanistic style of design is a consistent topic all through Alberti’s ten books, and the “beauty of Buildings”  included additionally. Albert’s definition, Beauty dwells in a contemplated harmony of the multitude of parts inside a body, so that nothing might be added, removed, or modified, however for the worst. It is an incredible and sacred issue, every one of our assets of expertise and resourcefulness will be burdened in accomplishing it; and once in a while is it granted even to Nature herself, to create whatever is altogether finished and amazing in each regard. 

Alberti’s perspective on what Beauty has an association with the similarity of anthropomorphism, seeing “Man” as a segment that utilizes energy to serve and progress nicely. This way of thinking keeps up that Alberti accepted that men were made in God’s picture and similarity, maker of the universe, and through this idea, perceived that what characteristics make a building “beautiful” opens the way to the course of Knowledge and the source of magnificence to draw from, God himself.

In his treatise, nature is used as inspiration, where “the reason of Nature” permits an architect to investigate the features of the natural world, including man’s influence, to become better equipped to perceive and make use of “Concinnitas”, (which Alberti refers to as “the spouse and soul of reason”)to link presenting nature as the source of art in architecture and the nature-based laws embedded in the outside world. As in the San Andrea, Mantua the façade of the church is exquisitely decorated with curves and flowing patterns on the ordered columns, drawing from Alberti’s treatise and its guidance on how to not only create a building but how to make its beauty reflect that of God’s love and Nature.


A highly motivated architecture student, environmentalist, reader & an energetic person, Vibhuti Bhambri is interested in various sustainable, historical, traditional and economical aspects of architecture, curious to learn, research and spread this knowledge via blogs and writings. Aiming to use knowledge and experience in day to day life.

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