Hannah Iterbeke is currently working as a Collection Manager at the Museum Hof van Busleyden (Mechelen, Belgium). In January 2016, she started a PhD in Art History at Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (KU Leuven). Her research concerns the production, reception and function of sixteenth-century mixed-media devotional objects, known as the Enclosed Gardens (supervisor: prof. dr. Barbara Baert; co-supervisor: prof. dr. Lieve Watteeuw).
In 2015, Hannah completed her Master’s in Art History with a thesis on the making and meaning of silk flowers in the Enclosed Gardens. In the same year, she started working as a scientific associate at Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (KU Leuven), funded by the Chair of Medieval Sculpture. Hannah joined the ArtGarden research project (2016-2020) in January 2017 as a Junior Researcher. ArtGarden is a study on the significance and preservation of historical mixed-media ensembles. This research project is a collaboration between the preventive conservation unit of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), KU Leuven and the University of Antwerp.
Hannah has published in Textile: Cloth and Culture and IKON – Journal for Iconographic Studies. She is co-editor of Enclosed Gardens of Mechelen: Late Medieval Paradise Gardens Revealed (Hannibal/Amsterdam University Press 2018; with Lieve Watteeuw). Furthermore, she has written several contributions for exhibition catalogues on early modern art and religion.
Title of PhD project:
The Making and Meaning of Enclosed Gardens: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Historical Mixed Media (1450-1600)
Supervisors: Prof. dr. Barbara Baert and Prof. dr. Lieve Watteeuw
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