Texts and Textiles in the Story of Tudor Art

Online via Zoom

Join us for our next MEDATS Chat with Dr Christina J Faraday. Chats are free for members to join, but require pre-registration. A link to register will be emailed to members on Monday 29 August.

For Tudor audiences textiles were the most valuable art form, offering access to some of the most innovative artistic developments of the sixteenth century. In this talk I will explore the important role of tapestries, embroideries and textiles in the broader artistic culture of Tudor England. The talk will address three aspects of textiles which have come to the fore in my current research into Tudor art: the trends set by tapestries in narrative illustration; the role of fabrics in social regulation; and the role of embroidery in women’s self-expression. I will explore the unique insights offered by textiles into wider conceptions of originality, authorship and aesthetics in the Tudor age.

Dr Christina J Faraday is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Paul Mellon Centre, London (March-September 2022) and, usually, a Research Fellow in History of Art at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (since October 2020). She is a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker 2019 and contributes regularly to popular media, including Apollo magazine and BBC Radio 3. Her book, Tudor Liveliness: Vivid Art in Post-Reformation England will be published by the Paul Mellon Centre in 2023.

The Garden of Eden, last quarter 16th century. Embroidery on velvet, Metropolitan Museum of Art.