Dr. Minou Schraven teaches art history and museum studies at AUC and is a research fellow at the Amsterdam Centre for Religious History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
She is a specialist in early modern Italian art and material culture, with a keen interest in the ritual and magical use of (religious) objects and early modern festival culture. Before coming to AUC, Minou held postdocs at the University of Liege and at Leiden University. At Leiden, she developed a project on the ritual use of portrait medals as building deposits: objects that were deposited within in the foundations of buildings to implore longevity for the structure and well-being for its inhabitants. Among her publications are "Festive Funerals in Early Modern Italy. The Art and Culture of Conspicuous Commemoration" (Ashgate 2014) and, co-edited with Maarten Delbeke, "Foundation, Dedication and Consecration in Early Modern Europe" (Brill 2012). Recently, she published articles on the likeness and likeability of bog bodies; the craze for devotional medals of Carlo Borromeo; and the foundation ceremonies of the Amsterdam Town Hall in 1648. Her current research project is entitled: ‘The Pope’s Merchandize. Managing the Demand for Blessed and Indulgenced Objects in the Early Modern World.’