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Professor Luke Morgan is Director of Art History & Theory in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture. He is a current Australian Research Council Future Fellow 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, with Kathleen Perry Long, of the book series: Monsters and Marvels: Alterity in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds, published by Amsterdam University Press (https://www.aup.nl/en/series/monsters-and-marvels-alterity-in-the-medieval-and-early-modern-worlds). He is also on the editorial board of the journal Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, which he has guest-edited.

His recent publications include the book chapters, 'Plants in Culture' (with Elizabeth Hyde) in A Cultural History of Plants in the Early Modern Era, ed. Andrew Dalby and Annette Giesecke (Bloomsbury, 2022), '"False Art's Insolent Address": The Enchanted Garden in Early Modern Poetry and Landscape Design,' in Landscape and the Visual Hermeneutics of Place, 1500-1700, eds. Walter S. Melion and Karl Enenkel (Brill, 2021), '"Nocturnal Fowl Disorientated by Sunlight": Grottesche and Gardens in the Late Sixteenth Century,' in Paradigms of Renaissance Grotesques, ed. Damiano Acciarino (CRRS, 2019); 'Dissonant Symphonies: The Villa d'Este in Tivoli and the Grotesque,' in Ornament and Monstrosity: Visual Paradoxes in Sixteenth-Century Art, ed. M. Fabricius Hansen and C. Askholt Hammeken (Amsterdam University Press, 2019); and the articles, 'Circe: Counter-Narratives of Beauty in Renaissance Landscape Design,’ LA+: Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture (2023), '"Bizzarrie del boschetto del Signor Vicino": The Figurative Language of the Sacro Bosco,' Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes 41: 2 (April-June 2021), 'Wölfflin and Landscape History: "Painterly," "Linear," and the Mannerist Garden,' Architectural Theory Review 24: 2 (2020).

In Australia, his essays have appeared in books and exhibition catalogues published by The Powerhouse Museum, The Miegunyah Press, Heide Museum of Modern Art, the Centre for Contemporary Photography, and the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Art History, PhD, Salomon de Caus and Early Seventeenth-Century Landscape Design, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 2 Mar 2005

Art History, MA (First Class Hons), Fountains, Epistemology and Idealism in Seventeenth-Century Rome, University of Auckland

Award Date: 18 Sept 1998

Art History, BA, University of Auckland

Award Date: 12 May 1995

Research area keywords

  • Art History
  • Architectural History
  • Landscape History
  • Renaissance
  • Baroque

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