About the Author
Kenneth Clark (1903-1983) is one of the most important English art historian. Professor of Fine Art at Oxford and Director of the Ashmolean Museum, Clark was influenced by the works of John Ruskin and Bernard Berendson. He was the first to catalogue all the drawings by Leonardo da Vinci in the collection of the Windsor Castle. He wrote several books about Italian Renaissance art as well as about European artists and movements. Between 1970 and 1983, Clark realized a series of programmes for the BBC, including the world renowned series Civilisation, covering western European civilisation from the end of the Dark Ages to the early twentieth century.