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Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp is Emeritus Research Professor in the History of Art at Oxford University. He has written and broadcast extensively on imagery in art and science from the Renaissance to the present day. He speaks on issues of visualisation and lateral thinking to a wide range of audiences. Leonardo da Vinci has been the subject of books written by him, including Leonardo (Oxford University Press 2004). He has published on imagery in the sciences of anatomy, natural history and optics, including The Science of Art: Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat (Yale University Press).

Series featuring Martin Kemp

  • TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities
  • La Bella Principessa: A Leonardo Discovered
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Observing by Hand: Sketching the Nebulae in the Nineteenth Century A discussion of Omar Nasim's book Omar Nasim, Stephen Johnston, Martin Kemp, Chris Lintott 16 Mar 2015
2 La Bella Principessa - who was the eponymous princess? Martin Kemp discusses 'La Bella Principessa', a profile portrait of a Milanese lady, a newly rediscovered work by Leonardo Da Vinci. He discusses the painting's subject, the Viennese princess and the possible identity of the eponymous princess. Martin Kemp, Kathryn Barush, Maya Corry 01 Mar 2010
3 Verifying La Bella Principessa - The science behind the art Martin Kemp discusses 'La Bella Principessa', a profile portrait of a Milanese lady, a newly rediscovered work by Leonardo Da Vinci. In this podcast, Martin Kemp discusses the science of verifying the painting as a genuine Leonardo painting. Martin Kemp, Kathryn Barush, Maya Corry 01 Mar 2010
4 What makes La Bella Principessa a genuine Leonardo Da Vinci portrait? Martin Kemp discusses 'La Bella Principessa', a profile portrait of a Milanese lady, a newly rediscovered work by Leonardo Da Vinci. In this podcast, Martin Kemp discusses some of the characteristics of the painting that make it a Leonardo. Martin Kemp, Kathryn Barush, Maya Corry 01 Mar 2010
5 Discovering 'La Bella Principessa' Martin Kemp discusses 'La Bella Principessa', a profile portrait of a Milanese lady, a newly rediscovered work by Leonardo Da Vinci. In this podcast, Martin Kemp discusses the discovery of the painting itself and how he felt at the time. Martin Kemp, Kathryn Barush, Maya Corry 01 Mar 2010
6 A Leonardo Discovered. La Bella Principessa. Discussion with Martin Kemp Martin Kemp discusses 'La Bella Principessa', a profile portrait of a Milanese lady, a newly rediscovered work by Leonardo Da Vinci Martin is interviewed by Kathryn Barush and Maya Corry. Martin Kemp, Kathryn Barush, Maya Corry 01 Mar 2010