Marr studies the artistic, visual, intellectual, and scientific cultures of Early Modern Europe. He has worked extensively on the social and cultural contexts of mathematics in Italy, France, and England in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, paying close attention to the material culture of mathematics (instruments, automata, printed books, etc.). His current research is on Elizabethan and Jacobean art and artistic theory, the concept of ‘ingenuity’ in the Early Modern period, and Flemish cabinet painting in the age of Rubens.
His publications include:
Between Raphael and Galileo: Mutio Oddi and the Mathematical Culture of Late Renaissance Italy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Picturing Collections in Early Modern Europe, Intellectual History Review (2010)
ed. The Worlds of Oronce Fine: Mathematics, Instruments and Print in Renaissance France. Donington, UK: Shaun Tyas, 2009.
with Evans, R. J. W, eds. Curiosity and Wonder from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.