The faces were mainly those of artists and poets as diverse as Leon Battista Alberti
, Francis Picabia, and Guillaume Apollinaire; but also included, for instance, was Michelangelo's Cumaean Sibyl.
Hartmut Wulfram, for example, analyzes the appearance of Leon Battista Alberti
in these poems and compares that picture to the one that Jacob Burckhardt had developed of Alberti as the prototype of the universal man.
The earliest works on this topic were composed in 1453: Leon Battista Alberti
's epistle Porcaria coniuratio, and the epic poem Porcaria written by a not very well known poet, Orazio Romano, both devoted to Stefano Porcari's conspiracy against pope Nicholas V in Rome in 1453.
Next, Chapter Five, "Eros at Material Site", explores sonnets five, eleven, and thirteen, and cancion four, reading them against Leon Battista Alberti
's theory of perspective and Erasmus's notion of energia.
From Leon Battista Alberti
's midfifteenth century treatise on friendship, Book IV of Libri della famiglia, to Moderata Fonte's late-sixteenth century female-centered dialogue, II merito delle donne, men are shown to betray this so-called ideal on account of animosity, personal interest, and "inconstanza," a fickleness which is, of course, deemed problematic and "feminine" (4.383.26-29).
Carman, Charles H., Leon Battista Alberti
and Nicholas Cusanus: Towards an Epistemology of Vision for Italian Renaissance Art and Culture (Visual Culture in Early Modernity), Farnham, Ashgate, 2014; hardback; pp.
Unfamiliar names are introduced along with reflections of figures known for their achievements in fields distant from economics, such as Galileo Galilei for his theory of price, Leon Battista Alberti
's writing about profit, or the poet Torquato Tasso's discussion of value.
His topics are art and compunction: Francesco Bocchi's mystical experience of art; Leon Battista Alberti
's "De pictura" and the Christian tradition of the liberal arts; the works of God and the book of the world in the writings of Leonardo da Vinci; imaging the souls of holy people; invention and amplification: imagining sacred history; and Vasari's city of God: spirituality, art, and architecture in Vasari's "Lives" and "Ragionamenti." ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)