Martin Kemp Living with Leonardo - 50 Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World

In an engaging personal narrative interwoven with historical research, Martin Kemp discusses a life spent immersed in the world of Leonardo, and his encounters with great and lesser academics, collectors and curators, devious dealers and unctuous auctioneers, major scholars and authors, pseudo-historians and fantasists. He reveals how he has grappled with swelling legions of 'Leonardo loonies', walked on the eggshells of the vested interests of museums and academics, and fended off fusillades of non-Leonardos. Examining the greatest masterpieces, from The Last Supper, to Salvator Mundi, through the expert's eye we learn first-hand of the thorny questions surrounding attribution, the scientific analyses that support experts' interpretations, and the importance of connoisseurship. Throughout, from the most scholarly interpretations to the popularity of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, we are reminded of Leonardo's unique genius, and wonder at how an artist from 500 years ago continues to grip the public imagination.

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Sunday 20th October, 11.00am

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Adults: £10.00

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