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Kemp, Martin

Works: 259 works in 902 publications in 9 languages and 25,185 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Exhibition catalogs  Biographies  Catalogs  Sources  Biography  Essays  Handbooks and manuals  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Actor, Editor, Author of introduction, Director, Producer, zxx, Other, wpr, Creator, Contributor, Interviewee, Honoree, Commentator, Curator, Compiler
Classifications: N6923.L33, 709.2
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Martin Kemp
Leonardo da Vinci, the marvellous works of nature and man by Martin Kemp( )

54 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on a multiplicity of sources-including the Madrid manuscripts--Kemp traces the evolution of Leonardo's vision of man and nature and presents 188 line drawings and halftones that embody the richness of his vision
Leonardo by Martin Kemp( Book )

52 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 9 languages and held by 2,470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of Leonardo da Vinci's life and work, identifying what it was that made him so unique. Tells of his unfulfilled dreams, relationships with powerful patrons, and the truth about his views on God, humans, and nature
The Oxford history of Western art by Martin Kemp( Book )

38 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 2,130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Positions works of art in illustration groups to create a visual environment and historical context to enhance understanding and appreciation
Christ to COKE : how image becomes icon by Martin Kemp( Book )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How does an image become iconic? In this book, the author, an art historian offers a look at the main types of visual icons. This work illuminates eleven universally recognized images, both historical and contemporary, to see how they arose and how they continue to function in our culture. It begins with the stock image of Christ's face, the founding icon, literally, since he was the central subject of early Christian icons. Some of the icons that follow are general, like the cross, the lion, and the heart-shape (as in "I heart New York"). Some are specific, such as the Mona Lisa, Che Guevara, and the famous photograph of the napalmed girl in Vietnam. Other modern icons come from politics, such as the American flag (the "Stars and Stripes"), from business, led by the Coca-Cola bottle, and from science, most notably the double helix of DNA and Einstein's famous equation E=mc2. Researched by a visual historian, the stories of these icons are funny; some are deeply moving; some are highly improbable; some center on popular fame; others are based on the most profound ideas in science. The diversity is extraordinary. Along the way, we encounter the often weird and wonderful ways that these images adapt to an astonishing variety of ways and contexts
The science of art : optical themes in western art from Brunelleschi to Seurat by Martin Kemp( Book )

38 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For almost five hundred years the central goal of European painting was the imitation of nature. Many artist and theorists, believing that imitation must be based on scientific principles, found inspiration or guidance in two branches of optics--the geometrical science of perspective and the physical science of colour. In this pathbreaking and highly illustrated book Martin Kemp examines the major optically orientated examples of artistic theory and practice from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century
Leonardo on painting : an anthology of writings by Leonardo( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leonardo's writings on painting were never edited by Leonardo himself into a coherent treatise. The book known as Leonardo's Treatise on Painting, first published in 1651, comprises a compilation of quotations, described by one early translator as a "chaos of intelligence." This anthology aims to bring order into the chaos, so Leonardo's views can be read in a logical and sequential manner. The authors have edited material not only from the Treatise but also from Leonardo's surviving manuscripts and from other primary sources, some of which are here translated for the first time. Included among these are Leonardo's own letters and memoranda, letters by contemporaries, and important documents to which he was a signatory. The book begins by looking at Leonardo's general principles of painting. Then follow sections on the optical foundations of art, the human body, the appearance of nature, and the practice of painting, including instructions for the artist and evocative accounts of subject matter.--From publisher description
Spectacular bodies : the art and science of the human body from Leonardo to now by Martin Kemp( Book )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,039 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Investigating the wonders of the human face and body, Spectacular Bodies: The Art and Science of the Human Body from Leonardo to Now comprises an array of treasures from the worlds of art and science. Works of art spanning five centuries are considered in an unexpected context, alongside ancient medical books and instruments, and detailed life-size anatomical wax models. Artworks include anatomical drawings by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Durer and Stubbs; a unique group of 17th- and 18th-century portraits of Dutch surgeons at work; and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Gericault, Courbet, Degas and Frith." "Photography, sculpture, video and installations by eight contemporary artists, including Christine Borland, Tony Oursler, Marc Quinn and Bill Viola, provide new perspectives on the subject. Focusing on a variety of issues raised by the historical material, the contemporary works provide alternative ways of thinking about our relationship with science and medicine." "Illustrated and with essays by Martin Kemp, Spectacular Bodies reveals a new way of seeing ourselves."--Jacket
Leonardo Da Vinci : experience, experiment and design by Martin Kemp( Book )

27 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world's leading authority on Leonardo da Vinci takes readers to the heart of the Renaissance master's genius--his visual thinking. Probing the mystery of how da Vinci thought graphically, on paper, Kemp traces not only his approach to modeling but also fascinating efforts by modern engineers to build his inventions
Leonardo da Vinci and the art of sculpture by Gary M Radke( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is renowned as a painter, designer, draftsman, architect, engineer, scientist, and theorist. His work as a sculptor is not commonly acknowledged, and many have argued that Leonardo believed that sculpture was an inferior art form ("of lesser genius than painting"). Challenging and overturning these assumptions, Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture looks at the sculptural projects that the artist undertook, as well as the late Renaissance sculptures that were indebted to him. Leonardo consistently drew inspiration from ancient sculpture, admired the work of such contemporary sculptural innovators as Donatello, and even trained under Andrea del Verrocchio, the preeminent bronze sculptor of late 15th-century Florence. Furthermore, Leonardo spent many years of his life working on two larger-than-life-sized horse sculptures - Sforza and Trivulzio - monuments to Francesco Sforza, the Duke of Milan, and to Gian Giacomo Trivulzio, his successor. Although neither was completed, the authors argue that these equestrian monuments show how Leonardo was intensely engaged with the design dilemmas of representing a horse rearing on its hind legs. Another highlight of the book is a group of new images of the John the Baptist Preaching to a Levite and a Pharisee, a recently restored large-scale work in the Florentine Baptistery that clearly demonstrates Leonardo's collaboration with Giovanni Francesco Rustici."--Jacket
Leonardo da Vinci by Kenneth Clark( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a personally compelling introduction to Leonardo's genius, a classic monograph of Leonardo's art and his development
The Andy Goldsworthy project by Molly Donovan( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the most substantial scholarly volume devoted to Andy Goldsworthy's work in twenty years and the first to underscore the permanent oeuvre of the artist. The book traces the development of Goldsworthy's project at the National Gallery of Art from conception to completion and situates the artist's sculpture and practice within an age-long tradition of structures. It features the only fully illustrated catalogue documenting Goldsworthy's commissioned installations- more than 120 works dating from 1984 to 2008 and spanning three continents. Combining thorough documentation, in-depth analysis, and contextual scholarship within a visually rich format, this book is a landmark publication on the artist. -- from Book Jacket
Structural intuitions : seeing shapes in art and science by Martin Kemp( )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""All great achievements of science must start from intuitive knowledge," wrote Albert Einstein. In 'Structural intuitions', a fascinating exploration of the commonalities between two seemingly disparate realms, renowned art historian Martin Kemp applies Einstein's notion both to science and to art. Kemp argues that in both fields, work begins at the intuitive level, curiosity aroused by our recognition of patterns or order. Kemp's "structural intuitions," then, are the ways we engage fundamental perceptual and cognitive mechanisms to bring order to our observed world. Through stimulating juxtaposition, Kemp considers connections between naturally occurring patterns, cognitive processes, and artistic and scientific expression, drawing on an array of examples from the Renaissance through the present. Taking a broadly historical approach, Kemp examines forms and processes such as the geometry of Platonic solids, the dynamics of growth, and the patterns of fluids in motion while placing the work of contemporary artists, engineers, and scientists in dialogue with that of visionaries such as Leonardo da Vinci and D'Arcy Thompson." -- Publisher's description
Behind the picture : art and evidence in the Italian Renaissance by Martin Kemp( Book )

13 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Roman author Pliny tells the story - well known in the Renaissance - of the famous Greek painter Apelles hiding behind one of his pictures to overhear the comments of spectators. Martin Kemp takes this motif as an effective point of entry into the problem of what lies behind the business of picture-making in the Renaissance, in particular the role of the artist and the function of works of art in relation to their various kinds of audience
Visualizations : the nature book of art and science by Martin Kemp( Book )

29 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and German and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Martin Kemp's provocative essays on the interplay between art and science have been entertaining readers of Nature, the world's leading journal for the announcement of scientific discoveries, since 1997. These short, illustrated, highly-regarded essays generally focus on one visual image from art or science and provide an evocative and erudite investigation into shared motifs in the two disciplines. Gathered here together with a delightfully rich introduction by the author, the essays take our understanding to an exciting new level as they transgress the traditional boundaries between art and science."--Jacket
Seen/unseen : art, science, and intuition from Leonardo to the Hubble telescope by Martin Kemp( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is not a history of art, or a history of science, or even a history of their interaction. Rather, Martin Kemp, the distinguished art historian, traces certain recurring themes in the imagery of art and science that reflect shared 'structural intuitions' about the seen and unseen worlds of nature."--Jacket
The Altarpiece in the Renaissance by Martin Kemp( Book )

9 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The human animal in Western art and science by Martin Kemp( Book )

9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the lazy, fiddling grasshopper to the sneaky Big Bad Wolf, children's stories and fables enchant us with their portrayals of animals who act like people. But the comparisons run both ways, as metaphors, stories, and images - as well as scientific theories - throughout history remind us that humans often act like animals, and that the line separating them is not as clear as we'd like to pretend." "Here Martin Kemp explores a stunning range of images and ideas to demonstrate just how deeply these underappreciated links between humans and other fauna are embedded in our culture. Tracing those interconnections among art, science, and literature, Kemp leads us on a dazzling tour of Western thought, from Aristotelian physiognomy and its influence on phrenology to the Great Chain of Being and Darwinian evolution. We learn about the racist anthropology underlying a familiar Degas sculpture, see paintings of a remarkably simian Judas, and watch Mowgli, the man-child from Kipling's The Jungle Book, exhibit the behaviors of the beasts who raised him. Like a kaleidoscope, Kemp uses these stories to refract, reconfigure, and echo the essential truth that the way we think about animals inevitably inflects how we think about people, and vice versa."--Jacket
Mona Lisa : the people and the painting by Martin Kemp( Book )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The true story of the Mona Lisa - the people behind it, how Leonardo painted it and what it meant to him, and its fortunes in the centuries since. Read this book and the world's most famous image will never look the same again."--Back cover
Living with Leonardo : fifty years of sanity and insanity in the art world and beyond by Martin Kemp( Book )

7 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Approaching the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death, the world-renowned da Vinci expert recounts his fifty year journey with the work of the world's most famous artist. We learn of his encounters with the vast population that surrounds Leonardo: great and lesser academics, collectors and curators, devious dealers and unctuous auctioneers, major scholars and authors and pseudohistorians and fantasists; but also how he has grappled with swelling legions of 'Leonardo loonies', walked on the eggshells of vested interests in academia and museums, and fended off fusillades of non-Leonardos, sometimes more than one a week. Kemp leads us through his thinking on the Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, retells his part in the identification of the stolen Buccleuch Madonna and explains his involvement with and his theories on the two major Leonardo discoveries of the last 100 years, one of which plummeted into controversy (La Bella Principessa), while the other underwent a rapid ascent into widespread acceptance (Salvator Mundi)
On painting by Leon Battista Alberti( Book )

14 editions published between 1966 and 2005 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Oxford history of Western art
LeonardoThe Oxford history of Western artChrist to COKE : how image becomes iconThe science of art : optical themes in western art from Brunelleschi to SeuratLeonardo on painting : an anthology of writingsSpectacular bodies : the art and science of the human body from Leonardo to nowLeonardo Da Vinci : experience, experiment and designLeonardo da Vinci and the art of sculpture
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Kemp, Martin

Kemp , Martin J.

Kemp, Martin J. 1942-

Kemp , Martin <storico dell'arte>

Martin Kemp angielski historyk sztuki

Martin Kemp britischer Kunsthistoriker und Autor

Martin Kemp Brits kunsthistoricus

Martin Kemp storico dell'arte britannico

Мартин Кемп

켐프, 마틴

ケンプ, マーティン