Associate Curator, 16th Century Collections
As Associate Curator of the sixteenth-century collections I am principally involved in the care, interpretation and display of the Tudor collection in London and of the Gallery’s sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century portraiture at Montacute House in Somerset. I have also been involved in creating the new digital interactive now available for our Tudor and Jacobean miniatures collection.
I joined the National Portrait Gallery from the Courtauld Gallery in 2011. Following an MA in design history (V&A/RCA) I became curator of a private collection, later returning to the V&A to undertake a Collaborative Doctoral Award with the University of Sussex as part of the exhibition Baroque 1620-1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence (V&A 4 April-19 July 2009). My DPhil thesis focused on the relationship between sight and the concept of insight in the figurative arts of the Baroque.
I have broad research interests in the relationship between European religious history and visual culture, particularly portraiture. I have an interest in the family portrait, developed during a period as Leverhulme Fellow in the History of British Portraiture at the Gallery in 2009.
- ‘Tudor Portraits’, Tarnya Cooper and Jane Eade, National Portrait Gallery, A Portrait of Britain, Tarnya Cooper (ed.), National Portrait Gallery, 2014
- Elizabeth I & Her People, Tarnya Cooper with Jane Eade, London: National Portrait Gallery (2013)
- ‘The Theatre of Death’, Oxford Art Journal, Vol. 36, No. 1 (March 2013)
- ‘Reflections on a glass Madeleine Pénitente’, Mary Magdalene: Iconographic Studies from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, Michelle A. Erhardt and Amy M. Morris (eds.), Leiden and Boston: Brill (2012), pp.315-337
- ‘Power and Sacred Art’ in Baroque 1620-1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence, Nigel Llewellyn and Michael Snodin, assisted by Joanna Norman (eds.), London: V&A Publications (2009) pp.241-257
- ‘The Triptych Portrait in England 1575-1646’, British Arts Journal, Volume VI, No.2 (Autumn 2005) pp.3-11