Study for the kneeling Leda © Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
  • Study for the kneeling Leda © Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam


The Universal Leonardo programme is directed by Prof. Marina Wallace and Prof. Martin Kemp.

Marina Wallace
- Prof. Marina Wallace, Director of
Artakt, The Innovation Centre, Central Saint Martins College of Art
& Design, and co-director with Martin Kemp of Universal Leonardo,
is closely engaged with contemporary art and design on many levels in
her work as an art historian, writer, lecturer curator and artist. She
is widely published in the fields of contemporary art and art and
science, and regularly contributes essays for artists catalogues and
anthologies. She has curated a number of international exhibitions
including Spectacular Bodies: the Art and Science of the Human Body, from Leonardo to Now, Hayward Gallery, 2000/01; Head On, Art with the Brain in Mind, Science Museum, London, 2002; Mendel, The Genius of Genetics, Brno, 2003.

Martin Kemp
- Director of Research, is also
Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford and founder
of the Centre for Visual Studies in Oxford. He is an internationally
recognised authority on art and science, who has published extensively
on Leonardo, Renaissance art, perspective and optics, anatomy, and
natural science, and writes a regular column for the journal Nature.

Robert Anderson
- Universal Leonardo Exhibitions Adviser, oversees
the strategy and implementation of the exhibitions programme. Director
of the Royal Scottish Museum in 1984, of the National Museums of
Scotland the following year, and of the British Museum between 1992 and
2001, he has recently worked at the Institute for Advanced Study,
Princeton, and is now based at Churchill College, Cambridge.

Thereza Wells
- Universal Leonardo Head of Scientific Analysis,
has a degree in the History of Art from St. Andrews University, and a
background in museum curatorial work (Smithsonian Institution, Museum
of Fine Arts, Houston). She has worked on a number of exhibitions here
and in the United States ranging from Leonardo (National Gallery of
Scotland, 1992) to Metamorphosis in Science and Art (Wellcome Gallery,
Science Museum, London, 2002).

Sabita Kumari-Dass
- Universal Leonardo Project Manager, has a
background in television production and commissioning at the BBC and
Channel 4. Recently she has specialised in complex multi-media projects
such as 4Learning (Channel 4), Restoration (BBC/Endemol) and
Powerbrokers (Arts Council/ /National Theatre/ City University).
Production credits include The Late Show (BBC Two) and international
co-productions by her own company, including award winning The
Morehouse Men (Final Draft Films, Channel 4, Canal Plus, France 3, WDR,
PBS, The Ford Foundation).

Paola Marchionni
– Universal Leonardo Website Manager, graduated
in Foreign Literatures and Languages from the University of Bologna and
obtained an MA in Literature, Culture and Modernity from the University
of London. She has project managed a number of literature and arts
related web site projects within the heritage sector. Before joining
Artakt she was Project Director at the South Asian Diaspora Literature
and Arts Archive (SALIDAA) and project managed the creation of a
web-based digital archive on South Asian arts and literature sponsored
by The Big Lottery Fund. Paola has now left Universal Leonardo.

Caroline Brooke
- Art Historian, is the author of the
art-historical content on the web site. She has a special interest in
Italian Renaissance Studies and in particular the drawing practices of
Renaissance artists. She is an Associate lecturer at Birkbeck College,
University of London, and teaches regularly on the Courtauld Institute
Adult Study programme.

Mike Flynn
- Education Consultant, is the author of the
educational content in the Play section of the web site. A former
curator at the Science Museum in London, he has published widely in the
fields of science, technology and education. He has also written a
number of successful publications while acting as a commercial
copywriter for companies such as BP, BT and Guinness. He is currently
working as an educational computer games designer for the BBC.

- Illustrator, is the author of the illustrations for the
activities in the Play section of the web site. He started as a comic
artist in 1986 in Bologna (Italy), where he created comic strips and
illustrations for daily newspapers and magazines. His graphic novel
Europa, published in 2004 with Massimo Semerano, was awarded the
Micheluzzi Prize for the best comic of the year. Menotti has been
working as a tv writer for Italian sitcoms and tv series since 1998. He
also teaches Screenwriting at the Istituto Europeo di Design, Rome.

Rowan Drury
- Projects Coordinator, is a curator and arts manager who
works with artists and organisations to fundraise, manage, develop and
produce exhibitions and projects.