Dr Katrina Grant

Centre for Digital Humanities Research

Katrina Grant is an art historian with a background in the study of Early Modern Italy. Her research focuses on gardens and the history of landscapes, as well as the visual culture of theatre and festivals, and the connections between these two areas. Her research focuses on the visual culture of landscape, the way it is shaped, represented and epxeirneced in the pre-Enlightenment era. Her current research focuses on GIS and visualisation technologies and their potential for extending art historical research into new areas. Her main project is Digital Cartographies of the Roman Campagna, which is operating in collaboration with the British School at Rome. This project brings together historical maps with modern mapping technologies to recreate the lost landscape of the Roman Campagna, and draw together data and research from a variety of disciplines, including art and architectural history, social history, cultural geography and the history of climate and ecological change. She has published on the gardens of Lucca, history of emotions and set design, and artistic relationships between Britain and Italy in the eighteenth century. She has run the popular Melbourne Art Network website as editor and webmaster since 2010 and she is a founding editor of the online open-access art history journal emaj (emajartjournal.com). She is currently in charge of Marketing and Communications for the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ). She also has a background in educational research, including the use of new technologies for learning and assessment and worked as a Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research for several years.

Research interests

  • Digital art history
  • Digital mapping
  • Digitisation and cultural collections
  • Theatre and Festival Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • Set Design and Visual Culture of Theatre
  • History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes
  • History of Maps and Cartography
  • Baroque Art
  • Italian Art and Architectural History (16th-18th centuries)
  • Art Writing
  • Grand Tour and artistic relations between Britain and Italy
  • Court culture
  • Studies in place and space
  • Arcadias and Utopias
  • Beaven, L, Grant, K & Whitelaw, M 2018, 'Digital cartographies of the Roman Campagna', in Jennifer E. Boyle and Helen J. Burgess (ed.), The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature, Routledge, Oxford, UK, pp. 212-226.
  • Grant, K 2018, '"To Make Them Gaze in Wonder": Emotional Responses to Stage Scenery in Seventeenth-Century Opera', in Lisa Beaven and Angela Ndalianis (ed.), Emotion and the Seduction of the Senses, Baroque to Neo-Baroque, Medieval Institute publications, Western Michigan University, USA, pp. 79-98.
  • Grant, K 2011, 'Planting 'Italian Gusto' in a 'Gothick Country': The Influence of Filippo Juvarra on William Kent', in David R Marshall, Susan Russell and Karin Wolfe (ed.), Roma Britannica: Art Patronage and cultural exchange in Eighteenth Century Rome, The British School at Rome, London, pp. 225-240.
  • Grant, K 2011, ''Planting 'Italian Gusto' in 'a Gothick country': The influence of Filippo Juvarra on William Kent'', in David R. Marshall, Susan Russell, Karin Wolfe (ed.), Roma Britannica: Art Patronage and Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-Century Rome, British School at Rome, London, pp. 225-239.
  • Grant, K 2007, 'Teatri di Verzura : Hedge Theatres in Baroque Lucca', Electronic Melbourne Art Journal, vol. 9 and 10, pp. 162-175.
  • Grant, K 2007, 'Gardens in Lucca', Place - on line Ejournal, vol. 1, pp. 1-18.