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Professor Martin Kemp FBA

Now full-time writing, speaking and broadcasting on art and science, especially Leonardo da Vinci.
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About this Fellow

Professor Kemp's most recent books are Art in History (Profile Books, 2014), Mona Lisa with Giuseppe Pallanti (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Living with Leonardo (Thames and Hudson, 2018). In 2019, his five books on Leonardo will include a co-authored monograph on Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi (Oxford University Press). 



Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, University of Oxford; Honorary Fellow, Trinity College, Oxford; Honorary Fellow, Downing College Cambridge

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer, University of Glasgow, 1966 - 1981
  • Professor of the History and Theory of Art, University of St Andrews, 1981 - 1985
  • Professor of the History of Art, University of Oxford, 1995 - 2008
  • Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, University of Oxford, 2008


Mona Lisa

Martin Kemp; Giuseppe Pallanti, 2017

Structural Intuitions: Seeing Shapes in Art and Science

Martin Kemp, 2015

Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon

Martin Kemp, 2011

Visualizations: the nature book of art and science

Martin Kemp, 2000

The Human Animal in Western Art and Science

Martin Kemp, 2000

Seen / Unseen

Martin Kemp, 2000

The science of art: optical themes in Western art from Brunelleschi to Seurat

Martin Kemp, 1989

Leonardo da Vinci: the marvellous works of nature and man

Martin Kemp, 1981

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