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Kemp, Martin

Works: 242 works in 775 publications in 5 languages and 23,178 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Exhibition catalogs  Catalogs  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Sources  Biography  Juvenile works  Essays  Handbooks and manuals 
Roles: Author, Actor, Editor, Author of introduction, Producer, Director, zxx, Other, Creator, Contributor, Honoree, Interviewee, Curator, Commentator, Compiler
Classifications: N6923.L33, 709.2
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Most widely held works by Martin Kemp
The Oxford history of Western art by Martin Kemp( Book )

31 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 2,128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Positions works of art in illustration groups to create a visual environment and historical context to enhance understanding and appreciation
Leonardo da Vinci, the marvellous works of nature and man by Martin Kemp( Book )

49 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,762 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 )

29 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 1,597 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 science of art : optical themes in western art from Brunelleschi to Seurat by Martin Kemp( Book )

33 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,591 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 )

19 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and held by 1,104 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 in 2000 in English and held by 1,044 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 )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 933 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 )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 904 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 )

17 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a personally compelling introduction to Leonardo's genius, a classic monograph of Leonardo's art and his development
Leonardo da Vinci and the art of sculpture by Gary M Radke( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 808 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
The Andy Goldsworthy project by Molly Donovan( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 763 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
Behind the picture : art and evidence in the Italian Renaissance by Martin Kemp( Book )

11 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 721 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 )

22 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and German and held by 668 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 )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 618 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 )

8 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visuele geschiedenis over de dunne scheidslijn tussen mens en dier, gezien vanuit de kunst, filosofie, literatuur, film en andere culturele media
On painting by Leon Battista Alberti( Book )

14 editions published between 1966 and 2005 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seduced : art & sex from antiquity to now by Marina Wallace( Book )

16 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Seduced" is a provocative and ambitious survey of representations of sex across cultures from ancient times to the modern day. Featuring such diverse works as Roman marbles, Japanese woodcuts, Indian manuscripts, Renaissance and Baroque paintings, nineteenth-century photographs and contemporary videos, this fascinating book reveals how art with a sexual content has been collected, openly displayed, concealed or prohibited over time. It provokes us to question the lines drawn between art and pornography and to examine our own boundaries of acceptability and censorship. This is the first major study of the visual representation of sex and changing attitudes towards explicit imagery throughout history. It includes works spanning 2000 years by over 70 artists, among them Rembrandt, Kitagawa Utamaro, J.M.W. Turner, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele, Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe and Jeff Koons
The drawings of Leonardo da Vinci by Leonardo( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume One is : The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci introduction and notes by A.E. Popham. vol. II is: The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, arranged and translated by Edward MacCurdy
Susan Derges liquid form, 1985-99 by Susan Derges( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Oxford history of Western art
Alternative Names
Kemp, Martin

Kemp , Martin J.

Kemp, Martin J. 1942-

Martin Kemp angielski historyk sztuki

Martin Kemp Art Historian

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



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Leonardo da Vinci, the marvellous works of nature and manLeonardoThe 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 nowChrist to COKE : how image becomes iconLeonardo Da Vinci : experience, experiment and designLeonardo da Vinci