Dr Lisa Mansfield

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

    I am an art historian specialising in Renaissance art and material culture, with a focus on Northern Europe (1400-1600), including cross-cultural encounters and exchange north and south of the Alps (Italian Renaissance art). My primary areas of research include the genre of portraiture (gender and identity), images of warfare (gender, the body, and violence), and intellectual and material intersections between art, technology, and science in early modern Europe. I am a passionate advocate of art historical research applied in multidisciplinary contexts (medicine, health sciences, engineering) and 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 leadership - University of Adelaide 

    Program Director for Art History, Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics (2023 ongoing) 

    Head of Art History (2015 semester 2, 2018-2021)

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

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

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

    Discipline Advisor (2015-ongoing)

    Professional affiliations (membership)

    AAANZ (Art Association of Australia and New Zealand)

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

    HNA (Historians of Netherlandish Art)

    RSA (Renaissance Society of America)

    J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice

  • Teaching Interests

    My teaching experience as a sessional tutor and lecturer in Art History was forged at the University of Melbourne (1999-2005). I established the undergraduate program in Art History at the University of Adelaide in 2009 and continue to convene the Major in Art History and Visual Culture, which is complemented by postgraduate elective courses offered in the Museum and Curatorial Studies program, having coordinated the previous MA Art History research seminars (2008, 2012, 2015) and MA Curatorial and Museum Studies courses on the history and philosophy of museums and galleries, and exhibition development (2008, 2012, 2015). 

    Teaching award

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

    Online teaching

    Since 2013 I have developed expertise in designing and delivering Art History courses online. I also participated in the 'Getting a MUVE on: Developing Web 2.0 Curricula in the Humanities' pilot project in 2011, which used the virtual world 'Second Life' in formative and summative assessment tasks for student-created avatars and virtual gallery exhibitions.

    Interdisciplinary teaching and research projects

    I have contributed first-year guest lectures and seminars on topics across the Humanites curriculum at the University of Adelaide ranging from Reformation art and visual culture, how to use art and visual culture as historical evidence, art and war, French Impressionism, Renaissance art, Modernism, and photography for History, English, and the Creative Arts. 

    My supervision experience of short research projects and minor theses is extensive, including Honours (Art History theses in the Department of Historical and Classical Studies), BA Adv; MA Art History, MA Curatorial and Museum Studies, and Arts Internships in collaboration with local cultural organisations (Nexus; Tandanya; National Trust of South Australia, Ayres House and Carrick Hill; Mitcham City Council; Yellow Door Studio). 

    HDR Principal Supervision (MPhil and PhD)

    Alexandra Mowbray, "The Evolution of the Body in Contemporary Art and Digital Media: Julie Rrap, Asger Carlsen, Leah Schrager, Juliana Huxtable" (PhD) - Principal Supervisor

    Melanie Cooper, "Beings of Nature and Reason: Mythological Masculinities in Early 18th-Century French Art and Visual Culture" (PhD) - Principal Supervisor


    I have also co-supervised MPhil and PhD dissertations in the areas of English, Creative Writing, French Studies, Philosophy, History, and Music curatorship. 

  • Research Interests

    Research interests

    Early modern art and visual culture, with a focus on northern Renaissance art (1400-1600):

    • Portraiture (courtly image-making practices; face and body politics)  
    • Warfare (gendered representations of sexual violence; innovations in military display and weapon technologies) 
    • Polymathic creativity and concept of the Renaissance artist as technologist and scientist (intersections between art, engineering, and science; mentoring practices in workshop culture and multidisciplinary collaborations)
    • Material culture and materiality (drawing and printmaking) 

    Grants, fellowships, awards

    2021: Art History Institute of Australia (AHIA) in association with the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) "Leonardo of the North: The Polymathic Creativity of Jan van Scorel."


    2018-2020: ARC Discovery Project DP180102412 "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)


    International presentations  

    2022 (Online): "The Art of Coupling: Conjugal Companionship and Carnal Intimacy in the Italian Wars." 9 December. Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan.

    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.


    National presentations 


    2021: "The Dynamics of Cultural Transfer: Swiss Artist Mercenaries in Northern Italy." Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) Annual Conference, The University of Sydney (virtual program). 8-10 December.  


    2020 - Invited Speaker: "Leonardo's Masterpieces: Painting, Portraiture, Polymathy" The Turbulent Mind of Leonardo da Vinci. Summer Short Course (Community Engagement Programs). The University of Melbourne, 20-23 January. 


    2019: Session Convenor - Art and War: Creativity and Conflict in Early Modern Europe. AAANZ Annual Conference. University of Auckland, 3-6 December. Paper title: "Drawn from the Italian Wars: Encounters with violent men and dangerous women on and off the battlefield - Urs Graf." 


    2019: "Artist-Mercenaries of the Italian Wars (1494-1559): Urs Graf of Basel." Art History Research Seminar Series, University of Adelaide, Friday 26 April.


    2019 - Invited Speaker: "Rethinking Urs Graf's Representations of Warriors, Wives, and Whores in the Italian Wars (1494-1559)." Agents in Times of War - Italy, 1500-1530 (workshop), University of Sydney, Friday 12 April.


    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 - Invited Speaker: "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.

  • Publications


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

    "Representations of Renaissance Monarchy is a welcome contribution to French Renaissance and European court studies. Mansfield's writing is engaging and lucid, making the book a readily accessible resource for students at all levels in the disciplines of both history and art history, particularly those studying the French court. The book is impressively researched and the extensive footnotes and bibliography will be a valuable tool for students and specialists alike."

    Reviewed in Sixteenth Century Journal by: Lisa Andersen, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. 

    Book chapters 

    2022:"Portraiture" In Early Modern Court Culture, ed. Erin Griffey (London: Routledge), Chapter 20: 309-324.

    2020: "Mary Beale: Pioneer of Portraiture." In She Persists: Perspectives on Women in Art & Design, eds. Annika Aitken, Isobel Crombie, Megan Patty, Maria Quirk, Myles Russell-Cook (Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria), 18-25. 

    2019: "Lustrous Virtue: Eleanor of Austria's Jewels and Gems as Composite Cultural Identity and Affective Maternal Agency." In Sartorial Politics in Early Modern Europe: Fashioning Women, ed. Erin Griffey (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press), 93-114.

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

    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 

    2024 (in-progress): "Queenly Portraiture." In Routledge Resources Online: Medieval Studies, ed. Chris Jones.  

    2024 (in-progress): Mansfield, Lisa "Imag(in)ing Water in Jan van Scorel's Landscapes."


    2022: Mansfield, Lisa, Jessica Stanhope and Philip Weinstein, "Pride, Pain, and Punishment: Cacofonix as a Model of Resilience in the Adventures of Asterix." International Journal of Comic Art (IJOCA) 24:1 (Spring/Summer): 287-309.

    2019: Barbour, Kim and Lisa Mansfield, "Intersections between Corporeal Performance and Distributed Digital Audiences: Casey Jenkins and Remediated Artistic Practice." TDR/The Drama Review 63:1 (Spring 2019): 125-40. 

    Conference proceedings 

    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.

    Book review

    2019: Solitudo: Spaces, Places, and Times of Solitude in Late Medieval and Early Modern Cultures, ed. Karl A.E. Enenkel and Christine Gottler (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2018) in Emotions: History, Culture, Society 3: 324-325. 

    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).


    2022: "A multidisciplinary study of Cacofonix in the Adventures of Asterix." Radio Adelaide Festival City with Emma Wotzke and Dr Jessica Stanhope (Friday 14 October).

    2020: "Why the long faces?" The Adelaide Review #483. By Walter Marsh (27 May). 

    2020: "Mary Beale." ABC Radio (Melbourne 774): Afternoons with Jacinta Parsons (11 May). 

    2020: "Mary Beale: Pioneer of Portraiture." NGV Channel: LISTEN

    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.

  • 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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