Dr. Aloysa Romaine Berens from Luxembourg is an art historian and much involved in studying the culture of the French Renaissance. Her interest is focused on the court-painter Jean Perreal.
“How did she come to this?” people are wondering: While still a teacher at the Speech Centre (Centre de Logopédie) in Luxembourg, she tried to awaken among her deaf and speech troubled pupils the enthusiasm for weaving and tapestry. In vain, because a new area was dooming, that of informatics, which came to capture all attentions. When she started to study art history, she continued to be much involved with the art of tapestry: Her memory, written at the University of Trier to obtain the master’s degree, was about Jean Bondol, the creator of the famous Apocalypse of Angers. Later on, she studied Renaissance-literature in Fribourg (CH) and achieved her doctorate at the University of Bern by means of the thesis: Jean Perreal’s contribution to the princely memorial at Brou, foundation and funeral place of Margaret of Austria (published in 2009 und in 2010 in German language).
The research of A.R.B. about this fascinating and mysterious Renaissance-court-painter and the art of tapestry continues, as her occasional publications demonstrate. She is convinced that the Unicornhunt in New York, as well as the Parisian Lady of the Unicorn, were conceived by Jean Perreal, as she tries to demonstrate in two of her books.