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Dr Jose Ramon Marcaida Lopez

Lecturer in Art History

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José Ramón Marcaida works on the intersections of art and science in early modernity, with a particular focus on the Hispanic context. His research interests include the history of Spanish painting in the age of Velázquez, the role of images and image-makers in the production and circulation of knowledge, and the history of collecting and the reception of extra-European natural objects and artefacts.

He is the author of Arte y ciencia en el Barroco español. Historia natural, coleccionismo y cultura visual (Marcial Pons - Fundación Focus Abengoa, 2014), which explores processes of visualization and knowledge-production linked to artistic practice, art collecting and natural historical enquiry in seventeenth-century Spain.

His current research focuses on the notion of “ingenio” (ingenuity, wit) and its significance in early modern Hispanic culture. It examines how early modern accounts of ingenuity, from medical treatises to literary works, informed perceptions and discussions of such issues as natural talent, inspiration, creativity and workmanship.

Before coming to St Andrews, José Ramón was a Research Associate at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, as part of  the ERC-funded project Genius Before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science. He continues to engage with the project as an Affiliated Scholar. At Cambridge he was also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of History of Art.


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