Luke Morgan

Assoc Professor

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


Associate Professor Luke Morgan is Director of Art History & Theory in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture and an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His books include Nature as Model: Salomon de Caus and Early Seventeenth-Century Landscape Design (2006) and The Monster in the Garden: The Grotesque and the Gigantic in Renaissance Landscape Design (2016), both published by The University of Pennsylvania Press. He is the editor of two book series: Monsters and Marvels: Alterity in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds, published by Amsterdam University Press (, and Monash Studies in Art History & Theory (, published by Monash University Publishing. He is also on the editorial board of the journal Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, which he has guest-edited. He has held grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, among others. His current research on the theme of enchantment in the early modern landscape is funded by an ARC Discovery Project Grant. His recent publications include the chapter on landscape in The Oxford Handbook to the Age of Shakespeare, ed. R. Malcolm Smuts (Oxford University Press, 2014), and the articles 'Living Rocks and Petrified Giants in Vicino Orsini's Sacro Bosco', in Architectural Theory Review 20: 1 (2015), and '"Anciently Modern and Modernly Ancient": Ruins and Reconstructions in Sixteenth-Century Italian Landscape Design’, in Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, vol. 36, no. 1 (2016). In Australia, his essays have appeared in books and exhibition catalogues published by The Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), The Miegunyah Press (Melbourne), Heide Museum of Modern Art, the Centre for Contemporary Photography and the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand.

Projects 2008 2019

Research Output 2000 2018

Perpetual Punishment: Callum Morton's 'Sisyphus'

Morgan, L., 2018, Aarhus, Denmark: Aarhus 2017 Foundation. 8 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCatalogueResearch

The Italian Renaissance Garden and its Legacy

Morgan, L., 2018, The Italian Garden: Restoring a Renaissance Garden in Tuscany. Hewlett, C. & McAuliffe, N. (eds.). Port Melbourne, Vic, Australia: Thames & Hudson, p. 83-119 37 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

After Pratolino: Costantino de' Servi and the Italian Renaissance Garden in England

Morgan, L., 2017, QUOTATION: What does history have in store for architecture today? Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. Hartoonian, G. & Ting, J. (eds.). Canberra, ACT, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), Vol. 34. p. 459-469 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Cannibals, Grottoes and Vicino Orsini's Sacro Bosco

Morgan, L., 2017, Conference Proceedings & Papers for Garden Studies from Multi-cultural Context. Guan, L. (ed.). Beijing, China: Hebei Fine Arts Publishing House, p. 163-188 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearch

Nightfall at Montsalvat

Morgan, L., 2017, Art and Australia, 54, 1, p. 116-123 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleResearch