Menu Search Monash University

Monash Art Design & Architecture

Monash University

Monash Art Design & Architecture


Associate Dean - Research

Dr Luke Morgan is Associate Professor of Art History and Theory and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

Luke Morgan
Contact Luke
Research output

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 (2015), both published by The University of Pennsylvania Press. He is the editor of two book series: Monsters, Prodigies, and Demons: Medieval and Early Modern Constructions of Alterity (MIP The University Press at Kalamazoo) and Monash Studies in Art History and Theory (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), 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.

Dr Luke Morgan, Associate Dean - Research
Nature as Model - Salomon de Caus and Early Seventeenth-Century Landscape Design

University of Pennsylvania Press

The first comprehensive book on this protean figure, Nature as Model sifts through historical material, Salomon de Caus's own writings, and his extant landscape designs to determine what is fact and what is fiction in the life of this polymathic and prolific figure. In doing so, it clarifies numerous hitherto unresolved problems in his biography and historiography.

MADA’s teaching & research staff are creative professionals, leading practitioners and renowned researchers who are at the top of their game, nationally and internationally.

Professor Shane Murray

Monash University
Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube