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Christina Juliet Farley

Christina  Juliet Farley

Christina Juliet Farley

St John's College

Research Area: 'Liveliness' in English visual culture, c.1500-c.1635

Supervisor: Dr Alexander Marr


Christina Farley is an AHRC-funded PhD student researching 'liveliness' in the visual arts in Britain in the long sixteenth century, under the supervision of Dr Alexander Marr. Her research considers the nuances of Protestant and Catholic attitudes towards images in domestic settings, interrogating more recent conceptions of the period as ‘iconophobic’, and using Early Modern literature on rhetoric and poesy to explore how artists made their chosen subjects vivid and memorable.

With support from the AHRC she works part-time as a Curatorial Intern at the National Portrait Gallery, London, on an exhibition of Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures by Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver, opening in 2019.

Christina graduated with a First Class BA degree in History of Art from Cambridge in 2014, and stayed to complete the MPhil in History of Art and Architecture with Distinction. Her MPhil thesis focused on clocks, dials and watches in Tudor and Stuart visual culture, especially their symbolism in portraits. This formed the basis for her talk in the University of Cambridge’s Three Minute Thesis Competition 2015 Final, in which she was runner-up. She lectures and supervises Part I and Part II courses for the History of Art BA.