Leading Leonardo Da Vinci Scholar to Speak at CU Sept. 23-24

September 18, 2009

One of the foremost authorities on Leonardo da Vinci and a professor emeritus at Oxford University, Martin Kemp, will give two public talks at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Sept. 23-24.

Kemp will speak on "Structural Intuitions in Art and Science" on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. at the ATLAS Center in room 100. The event is co-sponsored by the CU-Boulder art and art history department's Visiting Scholars Program, which is funded by student fees, and the College of
Engineering and Applied Science, as part of the ATLAS Speaker Series, made possible by a donation from Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel. A reception will follow the lecture.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, Kemp will speak on "Leonardo and Flux in the Body of the Earth" at 6 p.m. in the British and Irish Studies Center inside Norlin Library. This event is sponsored by The Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The talk will be preceded by a reception, also at the British and Irish Studies Center, at 5:30 p.m.

Kemp also will speak on "Leonardo and the Beloved Ladies, including Lisa Gherardini" at the Denver Art Museum on Friday, Sept. 25, at 5:30 p.m.

All three events are free and open to the public.

Kemp trained in both art history and natural science at the Courtauld Institute of Art and at Cambridge University in England. The central focus of his research has been the relationship between scientific models of nature and the theory and practice of art.

Kemp was the British Academy Wolfson Research Professor from 1993 to 1998 and has authored more than two dozen books, including the award-winning "Leonardo da Vinci: The Marvellous Works of Nature and Man." Kemp also has curated several exhibitions that combine historical material and contemporary art.

For information call 303-492-6504.