Free eBook Leonardo download

by Martin Kemp

Free eBook Leonardo download ISBN: 0192806440
Author: Martin Kemp
Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 19, 2006)
Language: English
Pages: 304
Category: Art and workmanship
Subcategory: History and Criticism
Size MP3: 1672 mb
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Rating: 4.2
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Martin Kemp (born 5 March 1942) is emeritus professor of the history of art at University of Oxford. He is considered one of the world's leading experts on the art of Leonardo da Vinci and visualisation in art and science. Kemp was trained in natural sciences and art history at Downing College, Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

Leonardo by Leonardo is a landmark publication on Leonardo da Vinci, the immortal Renaissance artist universally considered one of the greatest painters of all time.

Martin Kemp is professor of the History of Art at Oxford University, and the author of many books including The Science of Art, Visualizations and the recent Leonardo. He is also a frequent contributor to Nature, the international science journal, where he writes on science and art.

The best books on Leonardo da Vinci picked by Professor Martin Kemp. From the best primary sources to the best biography of this great artist. Martin Kemp, Emeritus Professor in Art History at Oxford and the author of the recently published Mona Lisa: The People and the Painting, helps us identify the non-mythical Leonardo. What might Leonardo be doing were he alive today, in our own digital age? Interview by Romas Viesulas. The People and the Painting by Martin Kemp.

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death, world-renowned da Vinci expert Martin Kemp explores 100 of the master's milestones in art, science, engineering, architecture, anatomy, and more. Leonardo da Vinci was born in the small Tuscan town of Vinci in April 1452. Over the centuries, he has become one of the most famous people in the history of visual culture. Spring 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of his death in May 1519, with exhibitions and events planned across Europe and the United States.

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.

Martin Kemp is University Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford. He has broadcast extensively in themedia, including radio interviews with artists on Today and Nightwaves, a television programme on Piero della Francesca, a video for the National Gallery, Washington DC, and a Leonardo CD-ROM for Bill Gates.

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) stands as a supreme icon in Western consciousness-the very . Thereza Wells is Head of Scientific Analysis at Universal Leonardo

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) stands as a supreme icon in Western consciousness-the very embodiment of the universal Renaissance genius. With much of his work lost or unfinished, the key to his legacy can be found in the enormous body of his extant drawings and manuscript notes. Thereza Wells is Head of Scientific Analysis at Universal Leonardo. Martin Kemp is University Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford (Trinity College) and the author of The Oxford History of Western Art and Leonardo.

A true genius whose talents embraced painting, engineering, anatomy and human flight, Leonardo da Vinci was an extraordinary human being, indeed one of the most intriguing figures in world history. In this biography, Martin Kemp offers a vivid portrait of the Renaissance giant that explores the essential nature of this forever fascinating artist-engineer, both as an individual and as a historical phenomenon, feeding the "the continuing public appetite for Leonardo and his doings" found in The Da Vinci Code. Kemp takes us on an absorbing journey through the life and work of Leonardo, looking first at the historical man, portraying an impressive and cultivated figure, an artist who in truth completed few paintings, rarely satisfied a commission, and yet lived in the style and ended his career with a massive salary. More important, the author examines the ideas underlying Leonardo's investigations of nature, illuminating his vision of the artist-engineer as matching nature itself in his creativity. Kemp argues that Leonardo's apparent diversities reveal a desire to find an inner unity in the functioning of everything in the observable world. For Leonardo, writes Kemp, every act of looking and drawing was an act of analysis, and he used these analyses to re-make and re-interpret his surroundings. Beautifully illustrated with a unique "thumbnail museum" that offers a tour of all Leonardo's paintings, plus 30 additional illustrations and life-size reproductions of pages from his famous notebooks, Leonardo is a powerful portrait of one of the towering geniuses of world history.
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Kemp's approach to the study of Leonardo offers a unique and insightful perspective into the man, that I haven't found elsewhere. When I've looked at some of Leonardo's works I have wanted to know what and how he saw, and then processed, the world around him. Kemp's delving into those creative processes, whether artistic, scientific or in his note-writing, gives me a better idea of how the artist accomplished all he did. In fact, Kemp's approach to Leonardo is a bit like Leonardo's approach to his creations. A well-written read for those who want to better understand how Da Vinci worked.
I was looking forward to this book based on Professor Kemp's reputation and some of the glowing reviews this book has received.

Unfortunately I tend to agree with what another reviewer described as Kemp's "not fluid" writing style. I would add that I found the book a "dry" read, almost technically put together, in an academic sense. It reminds me of a college textbook.

I do not for one minute doubt Kemp's credentials and knowledge of the subject.
Where he failed is to recreate, as every good biographer should, the nuances of the subject's personality and effect of his surroundings on him and vice versa.
Kemp goes into much technical detail about what he perceives as Leonardo's approach and philosophy, exhaustively details his various surviving works, but provides far too little in terms of what a biography should be; it fails to recreate in the reader's mind Leonardo's world, interactions, passion and the aura of the great Leonardo da Vinci. It gets to the point where I get the feeling Leonardo was a prolific machine, not a passionate artist.

5 stars for Kemp's effort minus three for failing to do Leonardo justice.
Just a fair biography. Too much emphasis on how he earned money. Didn’t delve into his personality as I expected.
Thought I was getting a biography. This is more about Leonardo's methodology than a biography of his life. A good book but not what I expected.
Great book overall, and very easy to understand compared to other art history books I've read. The book also feels very nice, kind of like a thick magazine of sorts. Definitely worth buying and very informative about how Leonardo thought.
Its not an easy read, very technical and dry
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This is an excellent historical biography on Leonardo da Vinci. The book is solid facts one after another, mostly taken from surviving documents such as financial transactions and Leonardo's notebooks. The downside is that if you are reading this book for the sake of reading a good book, it can be a tad boring. The writing style is not fluid, perhaps a little choppy at times, since it is so fact-oriented. If you want to know the cold hard facts about Leonardo, this is the book for you (like for a research project). If you are looking for a good read that is a little more subjective you might not like it as much.