La razón y el absurdo en la obra de Leon Battista Alberti

Sverlij, Mariana
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One of the most outstanding characteristics of Leon Battista Alberti’s work (1404 -1472) is the formulation of two simultaneous and contradictory visions of the world. The «paradigm of the reason» that nourishes his treatises on painting, sculpture and architecture contradicts and interacts with the «paradigm of the absurd», that encourages his literary works, particularly his Latin narrative Momus sive de Principe and his Intercenales. If in Momus and Intercenales there is a predominance of the destructive character of men and his ambivalent relationship with time, in De re aedificatoria, it is the homo faber the one that is erected as creator of a rational space. Thus the emerging secular conception of time and space goes together with a reflection that alternates between the verification of a world constructed over an absurd basis and the search for rational frameworks. My hypothesis is that these two trains of thought that can be found throughout Leon Battista Alberti’s work are in constant conversation, showing different levels of rapport. From that perspective, this paper intends to analyze the opposition and coexistence of the absurd and the rational in Alberti’s work, by examining his Momus sive de Principe, the Intercenales and De re aedificatoria ​
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