Renaissance painting was vitalized by learning, social purpose, politics, history, and—above all else—art for its own sake. How and why did the artists of the Renaissance manage to fuse so many perspectives into one art form? And how does any art historian go about the task of deciphering these multiple levels of meaning?
Alexander Marr is associate professor of art history. He is a polymath's polymath. His research questions have lead him across early modern Europe from Flemish art collections to Italian studiolo. Professor Marr blends the methods and questions of history, art history, and the history of science in pursuit of early modern cultures of collecting, curiosity, and wonder.