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Kemp, Martin

Works: 77 works in 359 publications in 3 languages and 15,887 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Exhibition catalogs  Sources  Biography  Portraits  Handbooks, manuals, etc  Interactive multimedia  Records and correspondence  Spurious and doubtful works 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewee
Classifications: N6923.L33, 709.2
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Most widely held works by Martin Kemp
Leonardo da Vinci the marvellous works of nature and man by Martin Kemp ( Book )
39 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,674 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
The Oxford history of Western art by Martin Kemp ( Book )
19 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Chinese and held by 2,013 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Positions works of art in illustration groups to create a visual environment and historical context to enhance understanding and appreciation
The science of art : optical themes in western art from Brunelleschi to Seurat by Martin Kemp ( Book )
19 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and German and held by 1,484 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 by Martin Kemp ( Book )
24 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 1,406 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
Leonardo on painting : an anthology of writings by Leonardo ( Book )
11 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English 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 )
21 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,024 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
Christ to COKE : how image becomes icon by Martin Kemp ( Book )
11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 926 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
Leonardo Da Vinci : experience, experiment and design by Martin Kemp ( Book )
18 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 864 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 by Kenneth Clark ( Book )
12 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is a personally compelling introduction to Leonardo's genius, a classic monograph of Leonardo's art and his development
Behind the picture : art and evidence in the Italian Renaissance by Martin Kemp ( Book )
10 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 706 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
Seen/unseen : art, science, and intuition from Leonardo to the Hubble telescope by Martin Kemp ( Book )
10 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 599 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
Visualizations : the nature book of art and science by Martin Kemp ( Book )
15 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 526 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."--BOOK JACKET
On painting by Leon Battista Alberti ( Book )
10 editions published between 1966 and 2005 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Forfatterens (1404-1472) afhandling om malerkunst, hvor lovene om centralperspektivet formuleres første gang. Med indledning om tidligere oversættelser af On painting
Leonardo by Martin Kemp ( Book )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This fascinating exploration of Leonardo da Vinci's life and work identifies what it was that made him so unique, and explains the phenomenon of the world's most celebrated artistic genius who, 500 years on, still grips and inspires us. Martin Kemp offers us exceptional insights into what it was that made this Renaissance man so special, and the 'real' meaning behind such masterpieces as the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. Tracing Leonardo's career in all its variety, we learn of his unfulfilled dreams, relationships with powerful patrons, and the truth about his views on God, humans, and nature. The famous notebooks are the key to understanding the secret of Leonardo's success and genius, as they clearly reveal the workings of his mind and display the true innovative and investigative nature of his creative vision
Leonardo da Vinci : the mystery of the Madonna of the yarnwinder by National Gallery of Scotland ( Book )
9 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Leonardo da Vinci, "La bella principessa" : the profile portrait of a Milanese woman by Martin Kemp ( Book )
6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book provides an in-depth analysis of a work that can quite legitimately be termed "extraordinary". Drawn on vellum, in a complex and extremely refined technique, the profile portrait of a girl, dressed in the striking fashion of Milan at the end of the 15th century, turns out to be a possible new autograph work by Leonardo da Vinci. Leading Leonardo expert Martin Kemp has conducted his own research into this intriguing object and coordinated the work of numerous specialists from the fields of scientific analysis and art-historical discourse. Their findings are presented here"--Foreword
Leonardo da Vinci ( Book )
3 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Multimedia biography of artist, scientist, and engineer, Leonardo da Vinci. It covers his paintings, maps and architectural and engineering plans. It explains his theories on geology and astronomy, and examines the Codex Leicester, his treatise on water dynamics. Features introduction by Bill Gates, owner of Cod Leicester, and art historian Martin Kemp. It offers virtual tours, animations, narrated slide shows, video, and a time line
DuMont Geschichte der Kunst ( Book )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in German and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Der Blick hinter die Bilder : Text und Kunst in der italienischen Renaissance by Martin Kemp ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in German and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Geometrical perspective from Brunelleschi to Desargues : a pictorial means or an intellectual end? by Martin Kemp ( Book )
9 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Kemp , Martin J.
Kemp, Martin J. 1942-
Kempius, Martinus
ケンプ, マーティン
English (245)
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Chinese (1)