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Marr, Alexander

Marr, Alexander

NIAS-Descartes Theme-Group Fellow

Knowledge and Visual Wit in the Early Modern Netherlands

Research Question

In what ways were the working of the mind and the acquisition of knowledge visualised as a form of “wit” in the Early Modern Netherlands?

Project Description

This project examines forms of wit in the visual and material arts in the Early Modern Netherlands. It explores wit as a concept and category that structures image making, both figuratively and literally. The project will consider literature (e.g. Erasmus) and painting from Matsys to Rubens. The work will be connected to the project “Understandings of Knowledge in the Low Countries and Beyond, 1500-1900” (dir. Dijksterhuis and Hendriksen).

Selected Publications

“Ingenuity and Discernment in The Cabinet of Cornelis van der Geest”, Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek (forthcoming, 2019)
Logodaedalus: Word Histories of Ingenuity in Early Modern Europe, with R. Garrod, J. R. Marcaida, R. Oosterhoff (Pittsburgh University Press, 2019)
“Ingenuity in Nuremberg: Dürer and Stabius’s Instrument Prints”, The Art Bulletin, vol. 100, no. 3 (2018)