Professor Martin Kemp was trained in Natural Sciences and Art History at Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute, London. Between 1981-1990 he was Professor of the History of Art in St Andrews and served as a Trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland.
His books include, The Science of Art. Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat (Yale), and The Human Animal in Western Art and Science (Chicago). He has published extensively on Leonardo da Vinci, including the prize-winning Leonardo da Vinci. The marvellous works of nature and man. Many of the books have been translated and republished overseas. He was also arts contributor for Nature for more than 10 years. More recent books include - Christ to Coke. How image becomes icon (Oxford, 2012) and The Chapel of Trinity College Oxford, Scala, 2013.
Martin is a regular speaker at book events and festivals, and also a patron of Blenheim Palace Literary Festival.