In 1428 he became an aid to the papal legates of Burgundy and Germany. He studied law cases for the pope for seven years and never married because around the year 1428-1429 he joined the priesthood.
Alberti visited Germany, Austria, and Yugoslavia. There he studied architecture and, for the most part, he focused on the Gothic style.
The Santa Maria Nevella was one of the most elaborate, brilliant pieces of that time period.
Alberti designed the Palazzo Rucellai perfectly proportioned on all of its three floors, with a combination of Doric, Ionic and Corinthian pillars.
Alberti wrote in both Latin and Italian. He wrote many love poems, dialogues, Latin comedy, fables, and treatises on sculpture, agriculture, law, etc. He also wrote a ten book treatise on the proper way to situate a city: the proper climate, how the water should flow, work sites, materials, type of buildings and their situation in the town.
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