Un abrégé de la pensée de Leon Battista Alberti en langue vernaculaire: les Sentenze pitagoriche

Paoli, Michel
January 2002
Renaissance & Reformation/Renaissance et Reforme;Winter2002, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p41
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The purpose of this article is to analyze a short, little-known—yet notably rich—work of Leon Battista Alberti, in order, first, to grasp its relations to its classical model, the pseudo-Pythagorean Golden Verses, as well as to the rest of Alberti's writing, and then to determine its nature. The author is thereby led to refute the theory that this is a treatise of esoteric hermeticism or a sort of prayer which might offer information about the religious beliefs of Alberti. An edition of the text and a translation into French are appended.


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