Trinity Martinez

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Trinity Martinez received her PhD from the Graduate Center, City University of New York in 2019. Her dissertation, "The Evolution of the Centaur in Italian Renaissance Art: Monster, Healer, Mentor, Constellation", analyzes the brief transformation of centaur imagery into a more positive depiction between the years 1300 and 1600. Trinity specializes in art and architecture of the Mediterranean between 1300 and 1600; she is interested in mythological imagery, animal hybridity, the visual and literary culture of Quattrocento Florence, as well global trends in Renaissance Europe.


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.