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Dr Alexander Marr BA MSt DPhil FRHistS FSA

Dr Alexander Marr, BA MSt DPhil FRHistS FSA

Director, Centre for Visual Culture

Reader in the History of Early Modern Art

Director of Research

Fellow of Trinity Hall

Director of Studies at Trinity Hall and Clare College


I am the Founding Director of the University's Centre for Visual Culture, which launched in May 2019.  The CVC promotes object-led research into visual culture in its global contexts.

Between 2014 and 2019 I directed a major, ERC-funded project on the early modern culture of ingenuity. The project employed eight postdoctoral researchers and has produced numerous outputs, including the monograph Logodaedalus: Word Histories of Ingenuity in Early Modern Europe (2019).

My research has been funded by (among others) The British Academy, the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust (Philip Leverhulme Prize, 2008), the DAAD, and the ERC (Consolidator Grant, 2013). My work has been published in journals such as The Art Bulletin, Renaissance Quarterly, The Burlington Magazine, Word & Image, Print Quarterly, and the Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek.

You can find out more about me and my work at my personal website

Research Interests

Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European art, particularly its intellectual and literary aspects.

Please see my personal website for recent publications and projects

Completed Research Projects:

   Genius before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art & Science (2014-19)

   Making Visible: The Visual and Graphic Practices of the Early Royal Society (2015-19)

   Epistemic Images in Early Modern Germany (2016-18)

   Early Modern Visual and Material Culture

Online Resource:

   Ingenious Images: A Catalogue of the Visual Culture of Early Modern Ingenuity

Graduate Students:

I welcome applications from prospective MPhil and PhD students whose intended research relates to my research interests, above.  I supervise students who work on Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Recent and current PhD students' topics include:

Armour and Culture in Early Modern Germany; Schemata in Early Modern Art; The Early Modern Heraldic Imagination; Cross-dressing in Early Modern Art; The Heroic Portrait in Early Modern Italy; Liveliness in Post-Reformation England; Fantasia in Cinquecento Italy; Visceral Creativity: Digestion, Earthly Melancholy and Materiality in Early Modern Art; Mathematics and the Craft of Thought in Early Modern England and the Low Countries; The Visual Culture of the Académie Royale des Sciences in the Age of Louis XIV

Undergraduate Students:

I am Director of Studies in History of Art at Trinity Hall and Clare College.  Prospective undergraduates may consult the colleges' websites for further details.

Key Publications

Logodaedalus   Marr