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Dr Irene Galandra Cooper

Biography:

Irene Galandra Cooper has completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge on the materiality of devotion in sixteenth-century Naples. as part of the ERC-funded project 'Domestic Devotions: the Place of Piety in the Italian Renaissance Home, 1400-1600'. For the same project, Irene has co-curated the exhibition 'Madonnas and Miracles: the Holy Home in Renaissance Italy'. Previous to her PhD, she worked for the Wallace Collection, the National Gallery in London, and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. She has published on practices relating to small devotional objects such as rosaries and Agnus Dei. Her current research explores the visual and material culture of materials considered powerful during the Renaissance, such as rock crystal and precious stones.