Martin Kemp’s 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. 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. Bringing the story up to the present day, Kemp considers what Leonardo means to us in the twenty-first century, investigates the ‘Leonardo industry’, and speculates about what Leonardo would be doing if he were alive today. This is a special event linked to the Leonardo exhibition at Bristol City Art Gallery.
Martin Kemp is Emeritus Professor of 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 and exhibitions, including Leonardo (first published in 2004) and Leonardo da Vinci: Experience, Experiment, Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2006.
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