Cloe Cavero de Carondelet

Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese
342 East Pyne
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Wednesday: 2:00 pm-4:30 pm

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Joining the Department Spring 2024


Cloe Cavero de Carondelet specializes in early modern art and visual culture, with a focus on ethno-religious conflict, global evangelization, and visual normativities in the Spanish world. She is a Fellow of the Center for Research on Global Catholicism at Saint Louis University, and member of the Editorial Board of the Boletín del Museo del Prado.

She is currently at work on her first book project, The Renaissance of Child Martyrs in the Early Modern Spanish World. This book shows how the sixteenth-century confessional crisis in Europe, together with the experience of conquest and evangelization, prompted new artistic, religious and humanistic values that were channeled into a revival of cults of child martyrs in Spain, colonial Latin America, and the Philippines. In bridging the historiographies of anti-Semitism, Catholic evangelization, and post-Tridentine art, this study charts a connected geography of sacred images and religious conflict. Ultimately, this book argues that early modern artists, theologians, and scholars conceptualized the child martyr as a figure to think through Spain’s multiconfessional past and the challenges of globalization.

Her broader research and teaching interests include the visual cultures of anti-Semitism and the global circulation of objects and iconographies. She has published articles exploring how genealogical anxieties and forensic knowledge intersected with the imagery of cults emerging from blood libel accusations, and has recently contributed to the new exhibition on Jews and Conversos at the Museo del Prado. As a leading member in a collaborative project between Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and Waseda University Tokyo, she has also examined the journeys of the martyrs of Japan in printed media. Her work has been supported by the European Research Council (ERC), the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

Before coming to the US, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte in LMU Munich, and a lecturer of early modern art and museology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.


  • Ph.D. History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence (Italy)
  • M.Res. History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence (Italy)
  • B.A. Art History, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)

Selected Publications