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Dr Alexander Marr BA MSt DPhil FRHistS FSA

Dr Alexander Marr, BA MSt DPhil FRHistS FSA

Reader in the History of Early Modern Art

Director of Graduate Studies

Fellow of Trinity Hall

Director of Studies at Trinity Hall

Research Interests

Dr Alexander Marr is Reader in the History of Early Modern Art at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity Hall.  He specializes in Early Modern art and architecture, particularly their intellectual and scientific aspects.  He has been awarded fellowships and grants from institutions such as The British Academy, the Huntington Library, the AHRC, and the Victoria and Albert Museum (where he was Robert H. Smith Scholar in Residence, 2011).  In 2008 he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for his 'outstanding contribution' to the History of Art.  In 2014 he was awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant.

He is the Director of the ERC-funded research project Genius before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art & Science, hosted by CRASSH.  See also:

With Dr Sachiko Kusukawa (PI) and Dr Felicity Henderson he is a Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded research project Making Visible: The Visual and Graphic Practices of the Early Royal Society.


With Prof. Horst Bredekamp, Dr Pablo Schneider and Dr Christopher Heuer he is the Co-Director of the project Epistemic Images in Early Modern Germany.  Funded by the DAAD-Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies in partnership with the Humboldt University and the Clark Art Institute, this three-year project will host a series of workshops in Cambridge, Berlin and Williamstown 2016-18.

For recent publications, see

Current research:

   Ingenuity in Early Modern Europe.

   Rubens. [Rubens' Spirit, under contract for Reaktion Books' Renaissance Lives series.]

   Epistemic aesthetics, especially in the Dürer circle.

   Simon Vouet, especially his portrait drawings.

   English visual culture, ca. 1525-ca. 1625, including criticism.

   Early modern visual marginalia.

   Art and science in Restoration England, especially in relation to the Royal Society.

   Richard Haydocke's writings on art and psychology.  [An edition of Haydocke’s 1598 translation of Lomazzo’s Trattato dell’arte de la pittura for the MHRA's Tudor &  

   Stuart Translations series.  An edition of Haydocke's manuscript treatise on sleep and dreams, the Oneirologia, for Erudition and the Republic of Letters.]

Graduate Students:

Dr Marr welcomes applications from prospective MPhil and PhD students whose intended research relates to his current work.

Recent and current graduate students' topics include: 'The Visual Culture of the Académie Royale des Sciences in the Age of Louis XIV'; 'Aesthesis in Post-Reformation England'; 'Fantasia in Cinquecento Theory'; 'Early Modern Viscera as Allegory'; 'Early Modern Allegorical Portraits'.

Undergraduate Students:

Dr Marr is Director of Studies in History of Art at Trinity Hall.  Prospective undergraduates may consult the college's website for further details.