Martin Kemp with Mona Lisa – The People and the Painting in St Andrews

Thursday 28th September

  • Venue The Bookshop, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews, KY16 9HG
  • Doors open 7.45pm
  • Start time 8pm
  • Price range £5 - 25
Image of Martin Kemp with Mona Lisa – The People and the Painting

Read this book and the world’s most famous image will never look the same again! This cultural icon still has secrets to reveal…

For the first time, we meet previously undiscovered members of Leonardo’s immediate family and new information is revealed about his early childhood. We learn about the new money of the ambitious merchant who married into the old gentry of Lisa’s family. We discover Lisa’s life as a wife and mother, her association with sexual scandals, and her later life in a convent.

From these newly identified factual beginnings, Martin Kemp offers a radical interpretation of the Mona Lisa; we see how Leonardo’s science of optics, psychology, anatomy and geology are woven together to form a new understanding of the portrait that is the product of real people in a real place at a real time.

Martin Kemp is Emeritus Professor in the History of Art at Trinity College, Oxford University. One of the world’s leading authorities on Leonardo da Vinci, he has published extensively on his life and work.

Book places

Event Book Voucher£5

These Event Vouchers include attendance at the event as well as a £5 Book Voucher, fully redeemable against Mona Lisa: The People and the Painting (RRP £25)


These Event Book Vouchers include attendance at the event as well as a copy of Mona Lisa: The People and the Painting (RRP £25).

Collecting your event book voucher

As our event book vouchers have a redeemable value, we do not post them out. They are available for collection from the bookshop at any point before the event (and there is often a slight incentive with this option), or alternatively they can be collected on the door of the event.

Group bookings

If you require more than 10 places, please contact the bookshop for a group booking so that we can arrange to seat you together.

How our event book vouchers work

The full price of your voucher is an advance book deposit against a copy of the book featured at the event, which also guarantees admittance for one person. Event book vouchers are redeemable at any point up to and including the day of the event, but not afterwards.

Refunds and Exchanges

In order to maintain the great value of our event book vouchers, we have to reduce administration to an absolute minimum. This means that we aren’t able to refund or exchange event book vouchers.