Living With Leonardo

Living With Leonardo

Fifty Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World and Beyond

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WW Norton
A personal memoir interwoven with original research, Living with Leonardo takes us deep inside Leonardo da Vinci scholar Martin Kemp’s lifelong passion for the genius who has helped define our culture.Each chapter considers a specific work as Kemp offers insight into his encounters with academics, collectors, curators, devious dealers, auctioneers, and authors— as well as how he has grappled with legions of “Leonardo loonies,” treaded vested interests in academia and museums, and fended off fusillades of non- Leonardos. Kemp explains 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 on the two major Leonardo discoveries of the last 100 years: La Bella Principessa and Salvator Mundi. His engaging narrative elucidates the issues surrounding attribution,the scientific analyses that support experts’ interpretations, and the continuing importance of connoisseurship.Illustrated with the works being discussed, Living with Leonardo explores the artist’s genius from every angle, including technical analysis and the pop culture works he inspired, such as The Da Vinci Code, and his enduring influence 500 years after his death.
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

Baker & Taylor
An Oxford University professor and leading art scholar traces his 50-year relationship with the art of Leonardo da Vinci, describing his personal encounters with experts in a range of fields, role in the identification of the stolen Buccleuch Madonna and involvement in two major discoveries; in a cultural memoir published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of da Vinci's death.

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The author describes his personal relationship with the work of Leonardo da Vinci and his dealings with academics, collectors, and curators, as well as dealers and auctioneers, including his involvement with two major Leonardo discoveries, exhibitions, and boards of national collections. After an overview of the artist's career, chapters combine personal narrative with historical research to discuss the Last Supper, the Mona Lisa, the Madonna of the Yarnwinder, the Portrait of Bianca Sforza, the Salvator Mundi, and other works the author has been involved with, then wider facets of the Leonardo business, such as X-rays of paintings, computerization, curating exhibitions, and Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: London :, Thames & Hudson,, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780500239568
Branch Call Number: 759.5 KEM
Characteristics: 320 pages :,illustrations (some colour) ;,24 cm


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