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 

Articles/Publications

Early Christian and Medieval Rome: A guide to the art and architecture, 2017

Images of Children in Byzantium, Ashgate, 2008, issued as paperback and kindle edition, 2017

‘Representations and Roles of Adolescence with a Focus on Apocryphal Imagery’, in Coming of Age. Adolescence and Society in Byzantium, Millenium Studies, Despoina Ariantzi (ed.), Berlin, 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

‘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.), Woodbridge, 2018

‘Architecture/Spolia’, in The Cambridge Handbook to Byzantine Archaeology, M. Decker (ed.), forthcoming 2018

‘No Lilies of the Field: Byzantine Children at Work’, in Peasants and Poverty in Byzantium, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019

‘Winchester’s Holy Sepulchre Chapel and Byzantium: Iconographic Transregionalism?’, in The Regional and Transregional in Romanesque Art and Architecture, British Archaeological Association, forthcoming 2019

Papers and Essays:

‘Mary Magdalene: East is East and West is West?’, Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies Spring Symposium, University of Birmingham, March 2017

‘No Lilies of the Field: Byzantine Children at Work’, Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2017

‘Mary Magdalene in Byzantium’, Murray Seminar, Birkbeck, November 2017

‘Winchester’s Holy Sepulchre Chapel and Byzantium: Iconographic Transregionalism?’, British Archaeological Association, International Romanesque Conference, Poitiers, April 2018

‘Mary Magdalene: Collateral currents in empire and image making in the thirteenth century’, ICMA sponsored session, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 2018

Co-convenor with V. Chagnon-Burke, Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts, two day conference, New York, June 2018

‘Winchester’s Holy Sepulchre Chapel and Byzantium’, London Art History Society, October 2018

‘Byzantine influence in Winchester Cathedral?’ University of Birmingham Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies seminar, November 2018

‘Mary Magdalene, Marginalized and Demarginalized’ Marginalization and subculture groups: Prostitutes, actors, and tavern-keepers in Byzantium, Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Vienna, May 2019

Selected Recent Lectures & Courses:

‘Children, Adolescents, Books and Learning in Byzantium,’ in seminar series, Perspectives on Education from the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean, Cambridge University, June 2019

‘Women Builders: Convents in Constantinople’, Women and Architecture in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds, Society of Architectural Historians conference, Seattle, June 2020

'Otto III and the Widow Theophanu: A Greek Court in the West?', British Archaeological Association, International Romanesque Conference, Romanesque and the Year 1000, Hildesheim, April 2020

‘Constantinople and Winchester, Manuel II and Henry the Lion, the Lithos and the Lamentation’, Byzantine Studies Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, October 2019

‘Children, Adolescents, Books and Learning in Byzantium,’ in seminar series, Perspectives on Education from the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean, Cambridge University, June 2019

‘Mary Magdalene, Marginalized and Demarginalized’, Marginalization and subculture groups: Prostitutes, actors, and tavern-keepers in Byzantium Conference, Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, University of Vienna, May 2019

Co-convenor with V. Chagnon-Burke and S. Mao, The Chinese Art Market, two day conference, Hong Kong, November 2020

 

 

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