My research and writing examines themes situated between art history, early modern history and religious studies, focusing on the visual culture of early modern Spain. I am currently working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled The Age of Sanctity: Child Martyrs in Early Modern Spain. This work considers the ways in which family anxieties, perceptions of alterity, and religious violence intersected with the development of the cults and images of a series of child martyrs during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Stemming from this project are two book chapters that compare the role of classification and forensic observation in representations of infantile martyrdom across Catholic Europe (forthcoming in Sacred Images and Normativity: Contested Forms in Early Modern Art, Brepols 2019; and Holy Children and Liminality in Early Modern Art, Brepols 2020).
I am also interested in the ecclesiastical patronage of religious art and architecture in post-Tridentine Toledo, and its connections with Rome. The visual, material and literary reframings of the cult image of Our Lady del Sagrario of Toledo Cathedral as a divine relic are the focus of a recent article in Bulletin of Spanish Studies (2019) and an essay forthcoming in The Interaction of Art and Relics in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art (Brepols 2020). My research on cardinals’ portraits, their Roman tituli, and their suburban villas and cigarrales has appeared in edited volumes and journals such as Archivo Español de Arte, Boletín del Museo del Prado, and Royal Studies Journal.
Since 2017, I am a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in SACRIMA. As part of the team, I work on the creation of a digital map of contested early modern sacred images, and of a digital library of early modern texts on sacred art, with special responsibility for the Iberian context. In 2019, I will be part of a DAAD sponsored research project that investigates the role of objects and images as agents of religious encounter and conflict between early modern Europe and Japan. Before moving to Munich, I received my Ph.D. in History and Civilization from the European University Institute in Florence. I also hold an M.Res. in History and Civilization from the EUI, an M.A. and a B.A. in Art History from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. I have been the recipient of distinctions and fellowships, including a James Kaye Memorial Prize for the Best EUI Thesis in History and Visuality, a FECYT Fellowship at The Courtauld Institute of Art, and a Salvador de Madariaga Doctoral Grant funded by the Spanish Research Foundation.
- “Wounds on Trial: Forensic Truth, Sanctity, and the Early Modern Visual Culture of Ritual Murder”, in Sacred Images and Normativity: Contested Forms in Early Modern Art, ed. Chiara Franceschini (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming, 2019)
- “The Virgin Embracing the Virgin: Eugenio Cajés’ Short-Lived Iconography of Our Lady del Sagrario in Counter-Reformation Toledo”, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 96 (2019) Read here
- “Roma 1619. Retratos de la nación española en la galería de Ottavio Leoni”, co-authored with Yuri Primarosa, Archivo Español de Arte, vol. 90, nº 360, 383-392 (2017) Download here
- “Las relaciones artísticas del cardenal Quiroga con Italia: Un retrato veneciano en las colecciones del Museo del Prado”, Boletín del Museo del Prado, vol. XXXIV, nº52, 10-16, 2016 Download here
- “Possessing Rome ‘in absentia’: The Titular Churches of the Spanish Monarchy in the Early Seventeenth Century”, Royal Studies Journal 3, no. 2, 48-68 (2016) Download here
- “La niña ante la Puerta Dorada: intercesión, limpieza de sangre y santidad infantil en la edad moderna”, in Coloquios investigadores, Department of Art History, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2019)
- “The Politics of Childhood Sanctity in Early Modern Spain: An Altarpiece of Saints Justus and Pastor in the Royal Basilica of El Escorial”, in Conflicts of Representation in the Late Renaissance Iberian Worlds, a panel organized by Fabien Montcher, RSA New Orleans (2018)
- “Agony and Softness: The Crucified Holy Child of La Guardia”, in Holy Children, Liminal Bodies: The Status and Materiality of Infancy in Early Modern Visual Culture / SACRIMA International Conference, ZI – LMU Munich (2017)
- “Controversial Wounds, Ambiguous Bodies: Images of Child Martyrs in Early Modern Europe”, in Contested Forms: The Limits of the Sacred Image and the Normative Power of Art in Early Modern Europe / SACRIMA International Conference, ZI – LMU Munich (2017)
- “Sacred Gifts for a Cardinal. Politics, Diplomacy and Relics in the Spanish Monarchy”, Courts, Empires, and Political Cultures in the Early Modern Era, EUI, Florence (2016)
In this project, Cloe Cavero explores the images and cults of child saints, a transnational yet controversial form of sanctity that became increasingly celebrated in the early modern period.
The SACRIMA team provides a comparative survey of imagery norms in order to rethink the geography of sacred art in early modern Europe.
By creating a repository and a map of contested images from European archives and texts, the SACRIMA teams hopes to create a resource for scholars and individuals interested in exploring image normativity in early modern Europe.
Starting from an investigation of the reinvention, the functions and the adaptations of the ‘normative image’ of the ancient putto in the Renaissance, this conference questioned the multiform transmigration, variation, adaptation and use of images of children in early modern Europe.
In this article, Cloe Cavero de Carondelet examines the rare scene represented in a little-known drawing by the royal painter Eugenio Cajés.
Cloe Cavero de Carondelet won the James Kaye Memorial Prize in History and Visuality 2018 for her thesis on ‘Art, piety and conflict in early modern Spain: the religious and artistic patronage of Cardinal Bernardo de Sandoval between Toledo and Rome (1599-1618)’ (European University Institute, 2016).
Centered on sacred images traversing cultures, this DAAD and Waseda sponsored research project investigates the active role of objects and images as agents of religious encounter and conflict between early modern Europe and Japan.