Dr Lisa Mansfield

Dr Lisa Mansfield
 Position Head of Art History
 Org Unit Art History
 Email lisa.mansfield@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5755
 Location Floor/Room 5 11 ,  Napier ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    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), and formed the foundation for her book Representations of Renaissance Monarchy: Francis I and the image-makers (Manchester University Press, 2016). Lisa's primary area of research investigates the political, psychological, and communicative mechanics of the face and body, particularly in Northern Renaissance traditions of portraiture. She also has wide-ranging interests in the social and political agency of art (art censorship and art during times of war) and 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 

    Head of Art History (2018-2020)

    Postgraduate Coordinator HDRs: Art History, Asian Studies, Classics and Archaeology, Linguistics (2018 Semester 1)

    Acting Head Department of Art History (2015 semester 2)

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

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

    Discipline Advisor (2015-ongoing)

    Professional affiliations (membership)

    AAANZ (Art Association of Australia and New Zealand), Excecutive Committee Representative, South Australia, 2016-2018

    ANZAMEMS (Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies)

    HNA (Historians of Netherlandish Art)

    RSA (Renaissance Society of America)

  • Teaching Interests

    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). She established an undergraduate program in Art History at the University of Adelaide in 2009, including a Major in Art History and Visual Culture in 2018. 

    Teaching award

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

    Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma courses

    Available in 2019:


    ARTH 1001 Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture 

    ARTH 7001 Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture 

    ARTH 7001OL Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture (online)


    ARTH 2004OL Contemporary Australian Art (online)

    ARTH 7016OL Contemporary Australian Art (online)


    ARTH 3003 Art and Enlightenment 

    ARTH 7004 Art and Englightenment 

    ARTH 7004OL Art and Enlightenment (online)


    ARTH 7002OL The Work of Art in Context (online)


    ARTH 3002 Art History Research Project: Digital Curation (Major Capstone) 

    ARTH 7003 Art History Research Project: Digital Curation 

    ARTH 7003OL Art History Research Project: Digital Curation (online)


    Unavailable in 2019:


    ARTH 2000 Northern Renaissance Art 

    ARTH 3001 Art Against Society: Censorship and Iconoclasm

    ARTH 5204EX European Art: Renaissance to Revolutions (online)

    ARTH 5217EX Portraiture and Power (online)

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

    In addition, Lisa has coordinated the MA Curatorial and Museum Studies exhibition project (ARTH 5523 in 2008, 2015), MA Art History research seminar (in 2008, 2012, 2015), and supervised undergraduate projects and placements in the ARTS 2001 Arts Internship at various cultural 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).

    Online teaching

    Since 2013 Lisa has developed expertise in teaching Art History courses online. 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. 

  • Research Interests

    Category 1 research project

    As a Chief Investigator on the collaborative ARC (Australian Research Council) Discovery Project "Gendering the Italian Wars, 1494-1559": https://www.uwa.edu.au/Projects/Gendering-the-Italian-Wars

    Secondary research project 

    The initial phase of Lisa's second major research project examines the portraits of the sixteenth-century Dutch artist and polymath, Jan van Scorel, and was supported by a RSA (Renaissance Society of America) Kress Fellowship at the CRRS (Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies), University of Toronto, in January 2018. 

    Lisa's major research areas include:

    - Northern Renaissance art 

    - Portraiture (representations of gender, age, race, and the body)   

    - Art and war

    - Art and natural history 

    - Art censorship (past and present)

    International conferences, symposia, seminar papers  

    2018: 'The Ethical Artist: Erasmian Humanism and Affective Identity in Jan van Scorel's Portraits.' Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies: Friday Workshop, 26 January, Victoria University, University of Toronto. 

    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 Liege. Sponsored by the Comite international d'histoire de 'art (CIHA)

    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.


    Selected national conferences, symposia, seminar papers


    2019: "Soldiers of Fortune: Artist-Mercenaries of the Italian Wars (1494-1559)." ANZAMEMS (Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies), 12th Biennial Conference, University of Sydney, 5-8 February. 


    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


    2018-2020: ARC Discovery Project (Category 1) "The Italian Wars, 1494-1559", with Susan Broomhall (UWA) and Carolyn James (Monash).


    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)

  • Publications

    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)

    2019 (under peer review): "Lustrous Virtue: Eleanor of Austria's Jewels and Gems as Composite Cultural Identity and Affective Maternal Agency." In Fashioning Women at Court, 1500-1700, ed. Erin Griffey (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press). 

    2018: "Portraits of Eleanor of Austria: From Invisible to Inimitible French Queen Consort." In Women and Power at the French Court, 1483-1563, ed. Susan Broomhall (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press), 175-207.

    2017: "The Grand Design of Francis I and His Northern Image-Makers: Jan van Scorel." In Arts et Artistes du Nord a la cour de Francois Ier, eds. Laure Fagnart and Isabelle Lecocq (Paris: Picard), 187-201. 

    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.

    Journal articles (peer reviewed/refereed)

    2019 (forthcoming): Barbour, Kim and Lisa Mansfield, "Intersections between Corporeal Performance and Distributed Digital Audiences: Casey Jenkins and Remediated Artistic Practice." TDR/The Drama Review (A-ranked).

    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

    Journal article: "Artist-Mercenaries in the Italian Wars, 1494-1559: Urs Graf"

    Journal article: "The Ethical Artist: Jan van Scorel's Portraits of Men"

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

  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesArts & Culture
    ExpertiseNorthern Renaissance art and visual culture; portraiture and self-portraiture; representations of the body from Renaissance to contemporary art; past and present art censorship and iconoclasm; avatar image and identity in virtual environments.
    NotesPhD Art History University of Melbourne; Member of Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA) and Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ).

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