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PMC Postdoc Lecture – Christina J Faraday

ECRN Events – Christina J. Faraday

  • 31 May 2022
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Online

This is an event for Early Career Researchers Network (ECRN) members only. You can find out more about the network here.

As the third speaker in our new Postdoctoral Fellowship Lecture Series, Christina J Faraday will present on her research project “Writing A New Story of Tudor Art”, funded by a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the PMC.

The story of Tudor art might seem familiar: from Holbein’s vision of Henry VIII to the arcane symbolism of Elizabeth I’s portraits. In recent years, however, this traditional view has been broadened, revealing the extensive use of portraits by the middling sort, the proliferation of narrative imagery in domestic decoration and the widespread use of textiles, luxury imports and printed media to convey messages about religion, status and identity. Yet despite these revelations, false divisions are still driven between the “finer” arts of the court, regional craftsmen and popular visual and material culture. The artistic production of the reigns of Henry VII, Edward VI and Mary I are often overshadowed by their more iconic neighbours. In this talk Faraday will bridge some of these disjunctions, showing how objects from a range of contexts took part in the same cultural conversations, and returning to the spotlight artistic developments under the “forgotten Tudors”.

About the speaker

  • Christina Faraday SQUARE

    Christina J. Faraday is an historian of art and ideas specialising in the Tudor period. She is a research fellow in history of art at Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge and a BBC New Generation Thinker. She completed her AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Cambridge while working part-time as a curatorial intern at the National Portrait Gallery in London. She was recently a postdoctoral fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre. She regularly contributes to podcasts and popular media, including BBC Radio 3 and Apollo Magazine, and in 2021 she was shortlisted for the British Journalism Awards in the Arts and Entertainment category. She lectures for the History of Art Department and Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge and the Wallace Collection in London. Her first book, Tudor Liveliness: Vivid Art in Post-Reformation England, will be published by the Paul Mellon Centre this year.