Prof. Dr. Chiara Franceschini
Principal Investigator

Chiara Franceschini is Professor for Early Modern Art History at the LMU and leads the ERC project and team SACRIMA, The Normativity of Sacred Images in Early Modern Europe. Before joining the LMU, Chiara worked at the Warburg Institute and taught Renaissance Studies at UCL, London. Before and after her PhD (Scuola Normale Superiore, 2008), she received several awards, including a Newton International Postdoctoral Fellowship from The British Academy, ‘I Tatti Prize’ for the best essay by an early career scholar, a Fernand Braudel Fellowship (Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme/EHESS, Paris) and a Fellowship from the Italian Academy at Columbia University. Her work is situated at the crossroads of the history of art, early modern history and visual culture.

Dr. Cloe Cavero de Carondelet
Research Associate

Cloe Cavero is a post-doctoral researcher working on images and cults of child saints in early modern Europe, focusing particularly on the dynamics of conflict, negotiations and border-crossing with other confessions in Spain. Before joining SACRIMA in April 2017, she received her BA and MA in Art History at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and undertook her PhD in History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence.

Dr. Erin Giffin
Research Associate

In collaboration with SACRIMA, Dr. Erin Giffin questions sculptural and architectural normativity in her project “Devotional Translations: Early Modern Replicas of the Holy House of the Virgin.” Her work examines the devotional, communal, and political objectives behind regional permutations of the Santa Casa di Loreto, a Catholic pilgrimage site located in the eastern Italian region of Le Marche. Dr. Giffin completed her PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA (2017). 

Nelleke de Vries
PhD Student

As PhD student of the SACRIMA team, Nelleke de Vries studies the migration and adaptation of iconographical inventions between Northern and Southern Europe in 1450-1550, in her project “Migrating Motifs. On the migration and adaptation of iconographical inventions between Northern and Southern Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries”. Before joining the SACRIMA team in August 2018, Nelleke worked at the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, the Gemäldegalerie der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar. She received her BA and MA in Art History at Utrecht University.

Christina Lagao
ERC Administrator

Christina Lagao is the ERC Administrator for the Departments of Art History and Theater, as part of the Fakultät für Geschichts- und Kunstwissenschaften of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität.