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Living with Leonardo: Fifty Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World and Beyond

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A personal memoir interwoven with original research, Living with Leonardo takes us deep inside Leonardo da Vinci scholar Martin Kemps 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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Thames Hudson
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Reading the paper, I felt that I had come home. (c)
I applied for postgraduate study at Londons Courtauld Institute of Art. When I was interviewed for admission Sir Anthony Blunt, head of the Institute, asked what I collected. Without thinking I responded, my next lunch. (c)
Leonardo is without rival in the history of art and beyond. He is one of the best known of all pre-20th-century personalities. In a 2013 study measuring historical reputation by means of quantitative analysis, Leonardo
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: leonardo, read-2018
Beware of it-started-as-too-good-to-be-true books! This one started as a fascinating love story between an art historian and his subject and ended up being a one-side discussion about Leonardo with Kemps numerous opponents. Accusing his colleagues of taking professional discussions on the personal level, Kemp, in fact, devotes a few chapters of his book to almost the same thing. Fortunately, the rest of the chapters rather wittily tell the story of those who have happened to fall in love with ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great fan of Martin Kemps writing, I had been waiting for this book to come out for months. At last getting my hands on a copy, I could not put it down. Of course, anything on the subject of Leonardo da Vinci is bound to generate interest. Recently, at an exhibition on the Renaissance Nude at the Getty, I noticed a great buzz happening around a very small codex page in the middle of one of the last gallery rooms --and knew it could only have been a Leonardo. Who else has that kind of power to ...more
Kenji Craig
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I think this was an odd book. I liked that it was out of my comfort zone, because I'm trying to branch out with what I read. However, I don't think biographies are my things. I chose this book because the artist it's about inspires me in a strange way. I like that his art was so uncommon and weird looking. In a way, I did enjoy aspects of the book. I liked hearing how art affected Leonardo, because it reminded me of how writing affects me. He was a very curious person and I don't necessarily ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Entirely different from my usual repertoire, this book was very interesting in some sections, somewhat dry in others, and brimming with thinly veiled professional snobbery at yet others. I did enjoy gaining a few insights into the art world, too.
Stevo Brock
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a Best of the Best for the month of August 2018, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet.
Katie Fellows
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful exploration of the genius of Leonardo from world expert Martin Kemp. As this year marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death there's no better time to pick it up and read it!
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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. Together with Antonio Criminisi, he wrote an article in NEW 1_2005: "Paolo Uccello's 'Battle of San Romano': Order ...more

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