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Dr Christina Faraday MA (Cantab), MPhil, PhD, AFHEA

Dr Christina  Faraday, MA (Cantab), MPhil, PhD, AFHEA

Research Fellow, Gonville and Caius College

Affiliated Lecturer

AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker

Tudor and Stuart visual and material culture; relationships between art, music and rhetoric; Northern European art and architecture c.1000-c.1650


Christina Faraday specialises in Tudor and Stuart visual and material culture, with wider interests in the art of Northern Europe in the medieval and early modern periods. She is also an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker (2019), a programme which gives Early Career Researchers the chance to communicate their research to wider audiences on BBC Radio 3 and other platforms.

Her AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Cambridge explored the concept of ‘liveliness’ in English visual culture c.1560-c.1630. It used the period’s concept of vividness in rhetorical theory to explore Elizabethan and Jacobean attitudes towards the value of images, and showed that images were often seen as vivid and ‘realistic’, even if they don’t appear to conform to modern expectations of realistic images. Alongside her PhD she worked part-time for two years as a Curatorial Intern at the National Portrait Gallery in London on the exhibition 'Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver' (2019). Her new project focuses on the relationships between visual art and music in Elizabethan culture, and will examine the ways these different art forms could serve social, political and religious ends, at the royal court and beyond.

She has six years of teaching experience, and gives supervisions, lectures and seminars for courses in the History of Art Department, including Part II Tudor Visual Culture; Part IIA Approaches to the History of Art; Part I Meaning of Art and Part I Meaning of Architecture. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) and in 2018-2019 took part in the Cambridge Teaching Associates’ Programme (TAP). She also contributes to the Department’s access and outreach programmes, including the annual Sutton Trust Summer School, and is a Tutor for the Institute for Continuing Education at Madingley Hall, where she teaches courses on Tudor and Jacobean art.

She graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge in 2014 with a First Class BA in History of Art and stayed to complete the MPhil in History of Art and Architecture with Distinction. Her MPhil thesis researched the symbolism of clocks and dials in the material and visual culture of Tudor England, and was part-funded by the George Daniels Educational Trust. With this research she was runner-up in the University of Cambridge’s Three Minute Thesis Competition in 2015.

Research Interests

Christina’s research explores the ways that the arts were felt to communicate in Tudor and Jacobean Britain. In particular she looks at how aesthetics contributed to the power and efficacy of artworks and objects created to serve social, political and religious ends. Her research interests include strategies of communication across the arts, particularly considering parallels between visual culture, music and rhetorical theory.

More broadly, she is interested in the art and architecture of Northern Europe, especially England, c.1000-c.1650, and the philosophy and theory of art and aesthetics.

She was a convenor of the AHRC-funded Value of the Humanities Research Group from 2015 to 2018.

Key Publications


‘Two Newly Discovered Anatomy Flap Engravings by Thomas Gemini’, Print Quarterly XXXVII, 2 (September 2020), pp.254-266

‘Lively Limning: Presence in Portrait Miniatures and John White’s Images of the New World’, British Art Studies, Issue 17 (September 2020), online at: 

‘“it seemeth to be the thing itsefe”: Directness and Intimacy in Nicholas Hilliard’s Portrait Miniatures’, Études Épistémè, no.36 (2019) special issue on early modern miniatures, online at:

'Tudor Time Machines: Clocks and Watches in English Portraits c.1530–c.1630', Renaissance Studies, vol. 33, no. 2 (April 2019), pp.239-266, online at:

Nine catalogue entries incl. ‘Young Man Among Roses’; ‘George Clifford, Earl of Cumberland’; ‘Thomas Bodley’; ‘Christopher Hatton’; ‘Lady in Masque Costume', in C Macleod et al, Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver (London: National Portrait Gallery, exh. cat., 2019)

(as Christina Farley), Guide to St Vincent's Parish Church, Caythorpe, Lincolnshire (Heritage Lincolnshire: 2017) ISBN: 9780948639678  -- Winner of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology's Flora Murray Award for Excellence, 2017.

'Waltham Abbey Panelled Room, Essex', Transactions for the Essex Society for Archaeology and History, 4th ser., vol. 7 (2016).



Hilary Mantel and Tudor Art’, Apollo (online feature) 23rd April 2020

Jeremiah 4’, Visual Commentary on Scripture, ed. Ben Quash (April 2020) online at:

‘Painted as a Villain – Tudor Portraits of Richard III’, Apollo (online feature) 8th October 2019:

‘Portrait Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver’, Apollo CLXXXIX, no.673 (March 2019), pp.134-139, online at:


Selected Broadcasts and Podcasts:

Tudor Virtual Reality, The Essay, BBC Radio 3 (02/07/2020):

Mechanical Amusements, Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3 (20/05/2020), from 24'30":

Pop-Up Anatomy, Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3 (11/07/2019), from 20'11":

Painting in Miniature, Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3 (20/02/2019), from 21'50":

Billingsley's Euclid (1570), In Conversation with Gill Partington (scroll for episode):

Five placecasts, including 'Whittington's Longhouse: A Medieval Public Toilet' and 'The Restless Dead at Old St Pancras Churchyard', PlaceCloud (full list here):