Martin Kemp on Leonardo's Greatest Hits


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A fresh way of looking at the master’s work

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Martin Kemp, one of the world’s leading authorities on Leonardo, offers a fresh way of looking at the master’s work. In this illustrated lecture Martin focuses on key milestones that cover an extraordinary range of topic across Leonardo’s many fields of discipline: painting, where he brought new levels of formal and emotional grandeur to his works, including The Last Supper and Portrait of Lisa del Giocondo (the Mona Lisa); anatomical studies, which are extraordinary for their sense of form and function (Studies of the Optics of the Human Eye and Ventricles of the Brain); engineering marvels, noted for their range and extraordinary visual quality (Gearing for a Clockwork Mechanism and Wheels without Axles and Designs for a Flying Machine); and his progressive engagement with a range of sciences - anatomy, optics, dynamics, statics, geology, and mathematics.

Martin Kemp is Emeritus Research Professor in the History of Art at Oxford University. His books include the acclaimed biography Leonardo da Vinci: The Marvellous Works of Nature (Oxford University Press) and Mona Lisa: The People and the Painting (OUP, co-written with Giuseppe Pallanti). His most recent work is Living with Leonardo: Fifty Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World and Beyond (Thames & Hudson), and he has written for Nature for more than 10 years. He’s curated a series of exhibitions on Leonardo and is currently working on a new edition of Leonardo’s Codex Leicester, his most important scientific manuscript, purchased by Bill Gates in 1994 and displayed in the British Library exhibition.


Name: Martin Kemp on Leonardo's Greatest Hits
Where: Knowledge Centre
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96 Euston Road
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