Kenneth Clark

Kenneth Clark
(1903-1983)

Clark, Kenneth Mackenzie, Baron (1903-1983), British art historian and critic. Educated at Oxford, he worked with Bernard Berebson in Florence for two years, and became Director of the National Gallery London, 1935-1945. He was Slade professor of Fine Arts at Oxford university 1946-1950 and 1961-1962. He was chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain 1953-1960 and chairman of the Independent Television Authority 1954-1957. His books included Leonardo da Vinci (1939), Landscape into Art (1949), Piero della Francesca (1951), The Nude (1956) and Rembrandt and the Italian Renaissance (1966). His television series and subsequent book Civilisation (1969) were extremely popular. He received a KCB in 1938, the CH in 1959, a peerage in 1969 and the OM in 1976. His son Alan Kenneth Mackenzie Clark (1928-1999) was a controversial military historian and diarist, Conservative MP 1974-1993 and a junior minister.

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