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Martin Kemp

Mona Lisa: The People and the Painting

Martin Kemp

Sunday, 15 October 2017

2:00pm

1 hour

Blenheim Palace: The Marlborough Room

£6 - £12

One of the world’s leading experts on Leonardo da Vinci Professor Martin Kemp sheds new light on the iconic painting Mona Lisa through previously undiscovered revelations about the life of the artist and the people behind the paintings.

Kemp joined forces with Florentine economics teacher and researcher of the histories of the del Giocondo and da Vinci families Dr Giuseppe Pallanti to reveal new secrets about the world’s most famous painting. Among the revelations are Leonardo’s mother was a poor and vulnerable orphan called Caterina di Meo Lippi; the husband of the portrait’s sitter, Lisa del Giocondo, was a trader in sugar, leather, property, money and slaves; and details of Lisa’s life as wife and mother, her association with sex scandals, and her later life in a convent. Kemp cuts through the myths to explain that the portrait grew out or real lives in a real place at a real time.

Kemp is emeritus professor of the history of art at Trinity College, Oxford. He has written extensively on the life and work of Leonardo including Leonardo da Vinci: The Marvellous Works of Nature and Man and Leonardo. He is also author of Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon.

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Blenheim Palace HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission Schools and colleges programme The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock