London Faculty

Dr Cecily Hennessy

Academic Director, Christie's Education London

Biography

Biography

Dr Cecily Hennessy is the Academic Director of Christie’s Education, London. Previously, Cecily was the Director of Studies and prior to that the Programme Director for Art and Collecting: Antiquity to Renaissance degree programme. She received her PhD from the Courtauld Institute in 2001, and she subsequently worked at the Courtauld as Head of Short Courses and Adult Learning before joining Christie's Education in 2006. 

Cecily has published Images of Children in Byzantium in 2008 followed by a guide to the paintings in Cappadocia in 2013 and several articles on children, adolescence and the family in Byzantium, on middle and late Byzantine manuscripts, and on the topography and paintings of Constantinople, Ravenna and Jerusalem. She is currently finishing a short guide to medieval Rome.

Research Interests

Research Interests

Representation of children in Byzantine art  

Middle and late Byzantine manuscript illumination

Byzantine wall painting 

Art and architecture of Constantinople

Early Christian Architecture

Publications & Exhibitions

Publications & Exhibitions

Books 
Early Christian and Medieval Rome: A Guide to the Art and Architecture, 2017 
Painting in Cappadocia: A Guide to the Sites and Byzantine Church Decoration, 2013, second edition 2014
Images of Children in Byzantium, Ashgate, 2008

Articles
‘Saint James the Just: Sacral Topography in Jerusalem and Constantinople’, in 
Tomb and Temple: Reimagining the Sacred Buildings of Jerusalem, Eric Fernie and Robin Griffith-Jones (eds.), forthcoming 2018
‘Architecture/Spolia’, in 
The Cambridge Handbook to Byzantine Archaeology, M. Decker (ed.), forthcoming 2017
‘Representations and Roles of Adolescence with a Focus on Apocryphal Imagery’, in 
Coming of Age. Adolescence and Society in Byzantium, Millenium StudiesDespoina Ariantzi (ed.), Berlin, forthcoming 2017
‘The Vatican
 Epithalamion’, in A Companion to Byzantine Illustrated Manuscripts, ed. V. Tsamakda, Leiden, 2017
‘The 
Theodore Psalter and the Rebuilding of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem’, Electronic British Library Journal, 2017, study 4
‘Patronage and Precedents: Galla Placidia’s chapel in Ravenna and the Holy Apostles, Constantinople’, 
Byzantinoslavica, 2016, 201, 26-43
‘‘The byzantine child: picturing complex family dynamics’, in Approaches to the Byzantine Family, edited Leslie Brubaker and Shaun Tougher, Ashgate, 2013
‘The Stepmum and the Servant: The stepson and the Sacred Vessel in the Illustrated Homilies of John Kokkinobaphos’, Proceedings of SPBS Symposium, March 2009, eds. Liz James and Antony Eastmond, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2013.
‘The Chapel of Saint Jacob at the Church of the Theotokos Chalkoprateia in Istanbul’, in Proceedings of 7th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (three volumes), eds J. Curtis,  R. Matthews, A. Fletcher, C. Gatz, M. Seymour, St J. Simpson & J.N. Tubb, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012.
‘Young people in Byzantium, Blackwell Companion to Byzantium, ed. L. James, Blackwell, 2010
‘The Lincoln College Typikon: The Influences of Church and Family’, Under the Influence: The Concept of Influence and the Study of Illuminated Manuscripts, ed. A. Bovey, Brepols, 2008
‘The Topography of Constantinople’, Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies, ed. E. Jeffreys, with R. Cormack and J. Haldon, Oxford University Press, 2008
‘A Child Bride and her Representation in the Vatican Epithalamion, cod. gr. 1851’, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 30 (2006), 115-150
‘Children on Display’, Proceedings of the 21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies, London 21-26 August, 2006, ed. F.K. Haarer and E. Jeffreys with J. Gilliland, Ashgate, 2006, vol. III, 128
‘Children as Iconic Images in S. Demetrios, Thessaloniki’, Icon and Word: The Power of Images in Byzantium, eds. A. Eastmond and L. James, Ashgate, 2003
‘A Child Bride and Her Representation in Vatican, cod. gr. 1851’, Byzantine Studies Conference: Abstracts of Papers, Notre Dame 2001

General Books
The Early Christian and Byzantine entries, 30,000 years of art, Phaidon, 2007
The Early Christian and Byzantine entries, 10,000 years of art, Phaidon, 2009
The Byzantine entries, The Art Museum, Phaidon, 2011

Book Reviews
Chypre entre Byzance et l’Occident IVe-XVIe siècle. Edited by Jannic Durand and Dorota Giovannoni, assisted by Dimitra Mastoraki. Musée du Louvre / Somogy éditions d'Art, Paris, 2012, in Burlington Magazine, 2013
July 2013: 'Constantinople and Jerusalem, temple and church' , Leeds International Medieval Congress
July 2013: 'An Empress’s Investment: The Affinities and Intentions of Galla Placidia', Royal Studies Network, 'Kings & Queens 2: Making Connections', Winchester 
March 2013: ‘Constantinople and Jerusalem: Church, Chapel and Temple’: Temple and Tomb: Reimagining the Sacred Buildings of Jerusalem, Courtauld Institute of Art
A. Papaconstantinou and A.-M. Talbot, eds. Becoming Byzantine: Children and Childhood in Byzantium, Washington, D.C. 2009, in Speculum 86 (2011), 255-56.
Natalie Boymel Kampen, Family Fictions in Roman Art, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2009, in Burlington Magazine
‘Recent Publications in Late Antique and Byzantine Art History’, includes: R. Leader-Newby, Silver and Society in Late Antiquity, Ashgate 2004; M. F. Hansen, The Eloquence of Appropriation: Prologomena to an Understanding of Spolia in Early Christian Rome, Rome 2003; T. Magnuson, The Urban Transformation of Medieval Rome, 312-1420, Stockholm, 2004. Eastmond, Art and Identity in Thirteenth-Century Byzantium, Ashgate 2005; V. Tsamakda, The Illustrated Chronicle of Ioannnes Skylitzes in Madrid, Leiden 2002, in Art History (2008) 31:399-406
B. Pentcheva, Icons and Power: The Mother of God in Byzantium, University Park, Penn. 2006, in The Catholic Historical Review (2007), 93.3:616-7 
J. Freely and A. S. Çakmak, Byzantine Monuments of Istanbul, Cambridge, 2004, Journal of Ecclesiastical History (2005) 56: 537
Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557), ed. H. C. Evans, Yale 2004, Anglo-Hellenic Review (2004) 30:22-3.
J. B. Bullen, Byzantium Rediscovered, JACT (2003). 

On-line Publications
Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World, entries on Childhood in Byzantium; Icons, Iconography; Mosaics

Conference Papers

Conference Papers

December 2017: ‘Mary Magdalene in Byzantium’, Murray Seminar, Birkbeck
July 2017: ‘No Lilies of the Field: Byzantine Children at Work’, Leeds International Medieval Congress
March 2017: ‘Mary Magdalene: East is East and West is West? Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies Spring Symposium, University of Birmingham
September 2015: ‘Galla Placidia: Patronage and Myth’, Lives, Roles and Actions of the Byzantine Empresses (4
th -15th c.) Slavonic Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
February 2014: ‘Representations and roles of adolescence in apocryphal imagery’, Coming of Age: Adolescence and Society in medieval Byzantium, the Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Vienna
July 2013: 'Constantinople and Jerusalem, temple and church' , Leeds International Medieval Congress 
July 2013: 'An Empress’s Investment: The Affinities and Intentions of Galla Placidia', Royal Studies Network, 'Kings & Queens 2: Making Connections', Winchester 
March 2013: ‘Constantinople and Jerusalem: Church, Chapel and Temple’: Temple and Tomb: Reimagining the Sacred Buildings of Jerusalem, Courtauld Institute of Art 
April 2010: ‘The Chapel of Saint Jacob at the Church of the Theotokos Chalkoprateia in Istanbul’: 7th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, London 
March 2010: ‘The Chapel of Saint Jacob at the Church of the Theotokos Chalkoprateia in Istanbul’, Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies Spring Symposium, University of Birmingham 
March 2009: ‘The Stepmum and the Servant: The stepson and the Sacred Vessel’: Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies Spring Symposium, Courtauld Institute of Art 
March 2009: ‘Children and the Young at the Byzantine Court: Pawns or Protagonists?’: New research on medieval childhood: an interdisciplinary workshop, University of Sheffield 
May 2008: ‘The Virgin and child in the apse of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul’, Symposium on the composition of Byzantine mosaics, British Museum (for the Leverhulme Network of the Composition of Byzantine Mosaic Glass Tesserae) 
April 2006: ‘The Representation of Children in Byzantium’: Dumbarton Oaks Symposium, Washington, D.C. 
February 2006: ‘Toys for Boys’: Sussex University Research Seminar 
July 2005: ‘Children in Byzantine Art’: International Medieval Congress, Leeds University 
February 2004: ‘Girls at Church and Court’ in session ‘Female Relations: Images of Women and Girls in Old and New Rome’ (Joint Chair of Session): College Art Association Annual Conference, Seattle 
June 2003: ‘The Lincoln College Typikon: The Influences of Church and Family’: ‘Under the Influence’ The Concept of Influence and the Study of Illuminated Manuscripts,Research Centre for Illuminated Manuscripts, Courtauld Institute of Art 
March 2003: ‘Quality Time at the Dinner Table: Calm or Calamity?’: Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies Spring Symposium, Birmingham 
November 2002: ‘The Imagery of Youthful Saints in Byzantium’: Byzantium in Belfast, AHRB Centre for Cultural History, Queen’s University, Belfast 
November 2002: ‘Politics and Girlhood in Byzantium’: Sussex University Research Seminar 
May 2002: ‘Girlhood to Womanhood in Byzantium’: Work in Progress Seminar, Courtauld Institute of Art 
April 2002: ‘Christ’s Infancy at S. Maria Maggiore, Rome’: Canadian Conference of Medieval Historians, Herstmonceux Castle 
January 2002: ‘Visibility/Invisibility: Young Male Byzantine Martyrs’: Colloquium: Seeing Gender, Kings College, London 
November 2001: ‘A Child Bride and Her Representation in Vatican, cod. gr. 1851’: Byzantine Studies Conference, Notre Dame 
February 2001: ‘Children and the Family in Byzantium’: Annual Postgraduate Symposium, Courtauld Institute of Art 
February 2000: ‘Imperial Children in Byzantium: Public and Private Identities’: 5th Annual Medieval Research Colloquium, Courtauld Institute of Art 
Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
Courtauld Association (former board member) 
Founder and Chair of the Courtauld Association East Anglia Regional Group
Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies (former board member)
British Archaeological Association (Council Member)
London Medieval Society
Society for the History of Collecting
Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections
College Art Association

Awards 

Courtauld Institute of Art Research Grant, 2003-4 
Arts and Humanities Research Board Studentship, 1998-2001 
SPBS Fieldwork and Research Grant, 2001, 2000 
University of London Central Research Fund Grant, 2000, 1999 
University of Washington, School of Art Scholarships, 1993-1997 
University Bookstore Scholarship, 1994-1995 
Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship, 1993-1994