Alexandra Marraccini


Dr Alexandra Marraccini
Research Associate
The Warburg Institute
Woburn Square
London WC1H 0AB
Tel: +44 (0) 207 862 8746

Research project

Wenceslaus Hollar, From The Temple at Jerusalem series, 1657-60, etching.

The Oozing Baroque: Pasts And Speculative Futures

My research for the Bilderfahrzeuge project has resolved into writing a new theoretical infrastructure to address the English Baroque in Northern European contexts, and especially its architectural, Cabinet, and urban spaces, in new terms. Drawing on the affective methodologies latent in Heinrich Wölfflin’s Renaissance und Barock (1888), my work now uses language of movement, biology, and emotion to think anew about the experience of English baroque spaces and their contexts. I also consider the role of the city churches in Restoration London as crisis architecture, and how this might frame a new discussion of global baroques, particularly with references to Metabolist structures in post-war Japan. Given my background in book history, I am particularly interested in paper architectures in print in the baroque context.

Leading to final publication as articles and a monograph, this work also seeks to push affective boundaries between literary-critical and art-historical approaches to the baroque, both in its source material and stylistic aims.


PhD, History of Art, University of Chicago (2018)

MA, Medieval Studies, University of Toronto (2011)

BA, Yale University (2009)

Recent Grants:

Gerald D. Feldman Research Grant, Max Weber Stiftung, for work at the Deutsche Historische Institut in Rom and the Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien, Tokyo.

Awarded during the course of PhD research:

— Sir William Sterling Maxwell Fellow for Text-Image Studies,University of Glasgow (2015)

— RSA-Kress-Bodleian Fellow at the Weston Library for Rare Books and Manuscripts (2016)

— Visiting member of Corpus Christi College, Oxford (spring 2015- spring 2018). 

— Elected to Bibliographical Society (UK)

Publications (selection)

Books & edited volumes

“Fleshly Wisdoms: Image Practices, Bodies, and the Transmission of Knowledge in a Sixteenth-Century Alchemical Miscellany” in: Word & Image. Volume 33.(2017), pp. 339-361.

— “Open Secrets: Alchemical-Hermetic Imagery in the Ripley Scrolls”. Charming Intentions. (2013). Ed. Daniel Zamani. pp. 65-83.


—  “The Nautilus And The Pearl: Accreting The Early Modern English Collection” in Journal of the Northern Renaissance.

— Ongoing critical and literary work, including a forthcoming book on criticism, art, and queer desire through the lens of antiquarianism, parasitism, and the works of Cy Twombly

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