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One of the most gifted men of the Renaissance, I was an architect, a painter, a musician, and a mathematician.

I am falsely credited with the invention of the "camera obscura."

My constant contention was that mathematics was the common ground of art and the sciences.

I was one of the first to formulate the laws of perspective, especially relative to painting styles.

Finally, I wrote one of the first books on cryptography.

Answer: Leone Battista Alberti (1404 - 1472)