Winchester Cathedral, Holy Sepulchre Chapel.


Winchester’s Holy Sepulchre Chapel and Byzantium

  • Tuesday 2 October 2018
    (6 pm)
  • The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT
  • Lecturer: Dr Cecily Hennessy

It is widely recognised that Byzantine iconography is present in a small chapel set into the north aisle of Winchester Cathedral known as the Holy Sepulchre Chapel, due to its iconography and its supposed function in connection with the Easter liturgy.

This paper connects features of the iconography to events in Constantinople during the reign of Manuel I (1143-80) and goes further to suggest a western patron who had close connections with Manuel and the East.


Cecily Hennessy received her PhD from The Courtauld in 2001 and subsequently worked there as Head of Short Courses and Adult Learning. She joined Christie’s Education in 2006 and was appointed Academic Director in 2017. Aside from numerous journal articles, Cecily has contributed papers to many edited collections most recently in Tomb and Temple: reimagining the sacred buildings of Jerusalem, edited by Robin Griffith-Jones and Eric Fernie in 2018. Cecily has published Images of Children in Byzantium in 2008 and two short guides, one on the Painting in Cappadocia: A Guide to the Sites and Byzantine Church Decoration in 2013, and more recently Early Christian and Medieval Rome: a guide to the art and architecture in 2017.

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