Dr Lisa Mansfield

Lecturer in Art History
Dr Lisa Mansfield
  Org Unit Art History
  Email lisa.mansfield@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 5755
  Location Floor/Room 5 11 ,  Napier Building ,   North Terrace

Lisa Mansfield is an art historian specialising in the art and visual culture of Northern Europe (1400-1600). Her doctoral dissertation examined the portraits of the Valois king, Francis I (reign 1515-1547), which formed the basis for her book, Representations of Renaissance Monarchy: Francis I and the image-makers, Manchester University Press, 2016. Lisa's core area of research investigates the political and psychological mechanics and communicative affects of the face and body, particularly in Northern Renaissance traditions of portraiture. Additional research interests that inform Lisa's teaching practice include the construction of image and identity in virtual worlds (avatar creation in Second Life), and art censorship and iconoclasm in past and present historical contexts. She is a passionate advocate for the importance of visual literacy as a practical asset and transformative life skill for navigating the complex visual culture of the twenty-first century. 


Ph.D. Art History (University of Melbourne, 2005)

B.A. (Hons Art History - First Class - La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus, Melbourne, 1998)

Academic positions - University of Adelaide 

Acting Head Department of Art History (2015 semester 2)

Acting Coordinator Graduate Program in Art History (2015, 2012, 2008 semester 2)

Postgraduate Coordinator Art History, History, Food Studies (2015 semester 2, 2011)

Discipline Advisor (2015-ongoing)

Professional affiliations (membership)

Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ), 2016, Excecutive Committee Representative, South Australia 

Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA), 2016, member

Renaissance Society of America (RSA), 2016, member

Before taking up her position at the University of Adelaide in mid-2008, Lisa was a tutor and guest lecturer in Art History at the University of Melbourne (1998-2005).

Teaching award

2009: Certificate for Outstanding Student Feedback in Teaching and Learning, University of Adelaide

Undergraduate courses 

ARTH 1001 Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture (2017 SEMESTER 1)


ARTH 2000/3000 Northern Renaissance Art and Visual Culture II/III (2017 SEMESTER 2)


ARTH 2003/3001 Art Against Society: Censorship and Iconoclasm II/III

For the full list of undergraduate courses included in the Art History and Visual Culture Minor refer to the Faculty of Arts: www.adelaide.edu.au/current-students/undergrad/majorsminor

Lisa has also been the academic supervisor for a large number students undertaking placements in the ARTS 2001 Arts Internship at various organisations across Adelaide: Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre; Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc.; National Trust of South Australia, Ayres House and Carrick Hill; Mitcham City Council; Yellow Door Studio (2009-2015). She has also previously supervised Honours (History).

Postgraduate courses

ARTH 5204 European Art: Renaissance to Revolutions

ARTH 5204EX European Art: Renaissance to Revolutions (online - 2017 SEMESTER 2)

ARTH 5217 Portraiture and Power

ARTH 5217EX Portraiture and Power (online)

ARTH 5523 MA Curatorial and Museum Studies B (2008, 2015)

Lisa has also convened the Master of Art (Studies in Art History) research seminar (2008, 2012, 2015)

Online teaching

Since 2013 Lisa has developed expertise in teaching Art History courses online that incorporate large group discussion and small group discovery activities effectively. She was also a participatant in the 'Getting a MUVE on: Developing Web 2.0 Curricula in the Humanities' pilot project in 2011, in which Second Life was used in both formative and summative assessment tasks for student-created avatars and virtual gallery spaces.

Guest lectures and seminars

ARTS 1007 The Enquiring Mind: Freedom and Media, tutor (2017)

ARTS 1007 The Enquiring Mind: Arts of Engagement, lecture: 'Freedom of Expression: Art and War' (2015, 2014)

Lisa has contributed first-year guest lectures and Honours seminars on topics ranging from Reformation art and visual culture, how to use art and visual culture as historical evidence, French Impressionism, and Renaissance art in the Discipline of History and area of European Studies (2010-2013).


Available for MPhil and PhD supervision. 

Current supervision

"The Big Bad Wolf: Representations of the 'Other' in German Renaissance Prints" - Principal Supervisor

"The Contemporary Nude in the Digital Age" - Principal Supervisor

Completed supervision

"Beings of Nature and Reason: Mythological Masculinities in Early 18th-Century French Art and Visual Culture" - Principal Supervisor


Lisa has co-supervised PhD dissertations in the areas of English, History, Philosophy, and Music at the University of Adelaide. 

Lisa's research interests include:

  • Portraiture and identity 
  • Northern art, society and culture (1400-1700), especially Renaissance
  • Representations of gender and the body
  • Avatar creation (physical and psychological) in virtual worlds 
  • Art censorship and iconoclasm 

International conferences 

2016: "Francis I and His Northern Image-Makers." International colloquium: Francis I and the Artists of the North (1515-1547). Brussels, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), 25-26 February. Organised by the Royal Academy of Archaeology, Belgium, the Comité belge d'Histoire de l'Art, the KIK-IRPA, and the University of Liège. Sponsored by the Comité international d'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA)/International Committee of the History of Art.


2012: "The Representation of Artefacts in Second Life: Interaction, Imagination, Interpretation, Innovation." The Challenge of the Object/Die Herausforderung des Objekts, 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, 15-20 July, Section 11: The Artefact and its Representations, Nuremberg.


National conferences


2017: "Artifice and Affect in Renaissance Portraiture: Poses, Passions, and Amorous Gazing at the Court of Francis I."  Art and Affect. Meanings Program Collaboratory. The University of Queensland Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. 


Grants, fellowships, awards

2017: Renaissance Society of America (RSA), Samuel H. Kress Fellowship for Art History, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS), University of Toronto

2012: The Ian Potter Foundation, Overseas travel/conference attendance

2010: University of Adelaide, 'Art History Online', University of Adelaide, C. Speck and L. Mansfield, $14,000


2009: University of Adelaide Learning and Teaching, 'Creating a Virtual Gallery', C. Speck and L. Mansfield, $20,000


2001: University of Melbourne, Graduate Research in Arts Travel Scheme (awarded to undertake research in France and the United Kingdom)


1998: University of Melbourne, Australian Postgraduate Research Award (with stipend)

Books (sole author - peer reviewed/refereed)

2016: Representations of Renaissance Monarchy: Francis I and the image-makers. Manchester: Manchester University Press: http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9780719088711

Book chapters (peer reviewed/refereed)

2017 (forthcoming northern hemisphere Fall): "The Grand Design of Francis and His Northern Image-Makers: Jan van Scorel." In Francis I and the Artists of the North, ed. Laure Fagnart and Isabelle Lecocq (Paris: Picard). 

2017 (forthcoming): "Portraits of Eleanor of Austria: From Invisible to Inimitable French Queen Consort." In Women and Power at the French Renaissance Court, ed. Susan Broomhall (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, series: Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World), chapter 12.

2015: "Face to Face with the 'Flanders Mare': Fama and Hans Holbein the Younger's Portrait of Anne of Cleves." In Fama and Her Sisters: Gossip and Rumour in Early Modern Europe, ed. Claire I. Walker and Heather Kerr (Turnhout: Brepols), 115-35.

2008: "The Art of Conjugal Discord: A Satirical Double Portrait of Francis I and Eleanor of Austria, c. 1530-35." In Practices of Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. Peter Sherlock and Megan Cassidy-Welch (Turnhout: Brepols), 117-35.

Conference proceedings (peer reviewed/refereed)

2013: 'The Representation of Artefacts in Second Life: Interaction, Imagination, Interpretation, Innovation.' In The Challenge of the Object/Die Herausforderung des Objekts: Conference Proceedings, ed. Ulrich Grossmann and Petra Krutisch (4 vols, Nuremberg: Verlag des Germanischen Nationalmuseums), vol. 1.

Exhibition catalogue

2009: Making Nature: Masters of European Landscape, ed. Jane Messenger. Adelaide: Art Gallery of South Australia (three catalogue entries on Dutch seventeenth-century landscape paintings by Salomon van Ruysdael and Adrian Verboom).


2015: 'Virtual Worlds: A Duel with Identity.' Omission Magazine, Issue Two: www.omissionmagazine.com/magazine/issue-two

2010: 'On Portraiture.' Arts and About, Radio Adelaide

Works in progress

Book proposal: Portraiture in the Habsburg Netherlands: Jan van Scorel's representations of men

Journal article: "Ravenous Vanity at the Elizabethan Court: Portrait of a Lady by George Gower"

Journal article (co-author with Dr Kim Barbour, Media): the impact of social media on contemporary performance art (title to be advised)

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