Author Archives: Jose Ramon Marcaida

About Jose Ramon Marcaida

I’m a historian of science interested in the history of early modern Iberian science and its connection with Renaissance and Baroque visual culture. More generally, I’m interested in the relation between texts, images and things across the Humanities.

Image Matters – Royal Society, 12 June 2013

                                  Written by Katy Barrett and Jose Ramon Marcaida What can we learn from images? This has been one of the fundamental questions behind the ‘Origins of Science’ network from its inception and throughout our meetings and events. On 12th … Continue reading

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Joshua Reynolds and the material aspects of painting

How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrid, and dreadful.  But this picture will remain always young. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray I guess most of us attending Matthew Hunter’s talk at the Curiously Drawn conference … Continue reading

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This is not a pipe, this is a cassowary

«From the natural», «contrafactum», «ad vivum»: whenever I have trouble with these or similar expressions I think of Rene Magritte’s painting La trahison des images (The Treachery of Images) and its famous statement: «Ceci n’est pas une pipe» («This is … Continue reading

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Protected: Birds of paradise of Severall Sorts

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Jose Ramon Marcaida Research

My research explores the generation and transmission of natural knowledge in the context of early modern Spain and its transoceanic territories. By highlighting the global dimensions of the Hispanic empire, my aim is to reflect on the large-scale magnitude of … Continue reading

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