Katrina Grant is an art historian  and digital humanities specialist.

Her art history research focuses Early Modern Italy. On gardens and the history of landscapes, as well as the visual culture of theatre and festivals, and the connections between these two areas. She has published on the gardens of Lucca, history of emotions and set design, the Arcadian Academy in Rome and artistic relationships between Britain and Italy in the eighteenth century. She has run the popular Melbourne Art Network, now Art History Network, website as editor and webmaster since 2010. She is currently a senior lecturer at the Australian National University in the Centre for Digital Humanities Research. She is also in charge of Marketing and Communications for the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ). She 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. Her current research focuses on GIS and visualisation technologies and their potential for extending art historical research into new areas.

Other Publications

‘The Princely Landscape as Stage: Early Modern Courts in Enchanted Gardens’, in Landscape and Authority in the Early Modern World, Stephen H. Whiteman (ed), University of Pennsylvania Press, 2023, pp. 279-310 https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv2svjzqj.14

‘To make them gaze in wonder’: emotional responses to stage scenery in seventeenth-century opera’, in Baroque to Neo-Baroque: Emotion and the Seduction of the Senses, edited by Lisa Beaven and Angela Ndalianis, 2018.

With Lisa Beaven and Mitchell Whitelaw, ‘Digital Cartographies of the Roman Campagna’, in The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature, Jennifer E. Boyle and Helen J. Burgess (eds), Routledge, 2017, pp. 212-226. Link to e-book (not open access).

‘Planting ‘Italian Gusto’ in ‘a Gothick country’: The influence of Filippo Juvarra on William Kent’, in David Marshall, Susan Russell and Karin Wolfe (eds), Roma Britannica: Art Patronage and Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-Century Rome, British School at Rome: London, 2011.

‘The Garden Theatre in Lucca’, Art Site and Spectacle, Studies in Early Modern Visual Culture (Melbourne Art Journal, vols 9-10), 2007.

‘Gardens in Lucca’, Place, an interdisciplinary e-journal, vol. 1, March 2007.

Blog Posts


    Digital Cartographies of the Roman Campagna: art, climate change, ecology and the landscape in crisis 1600-1900.

    With Lisa Beaven and Mitchell Whitelaw

    This project examines the relationship between artistic depictions and imagery of the Roman Campagna (the flat plains of the countryside around Rome more or less coinciding with the modern region of Lazio today) and the place itself, in the context of ecology, climate change, disease and social history from 1600 to 1900. Two historic maps will be amalgamated to form the basis of this digital platform: Giacomo Filippo Ameti’s Il Lazio con le sue conspicue strade antiche (made in 1693) and Battista Cingolani della Pergola’s Topografia Geometria dell’Agro Romano (made in 1704), specifically the editions in the British School at Rome library. The digital map will allow a juxtaposition of the long artistic tradition of painting the Campagna, with the lived experience of that environment. This platform will show how artists represented and responded to the rich historical past of the Campagna on the one hand, and its shifting reality on the other.




    With Sofia Samper Carro, Catherine Frieman and Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller


    Skullbook is a collaborative project between the School of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Centre for Digital Humanities Research. at ANU. We will produce digital and 3D-printed ‘bone libraries’ to support students’ research. This project blends traditional analyses with new technologies. Skullbook will produce the first digital bone library in Australia. This project will improve access to teaching resources for key skills-based teaching in archaeology, and offer important hands-on training in digital humanities. The digital bone library will become a resource for students, educators, museums, and researchers in both Australia, and worldwide.


    Art Association Australia and New Zealand

    College Art Association

    Australasian Association for Digital Humanities: aaDH (ADHO)

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