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Lisa Beaven

Lisa Beaven was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne from 2015−2017 in the ‘Change’ Program of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotion, working with Charles Zika. In 2018, she returned to La Trobe University Bundoora (Melbourne) campus as Lecturer in Art history. Her doctoral research involved reconstructing the collecting and art patronage of Cardinal Camillo Massimo (1620−1677) in seventeenth-century Rome (2001, The University of Melbourne). She has continued to research art patronage and collecting, concentrating in particular on the paintings of Claude Lorrain in relation to place. In 2007−2009 she was part of an ARC Linkage Project ‘Engaging with Place: An Interdisciplinary Framework for Place-Based Research’, researching early modern travel to Rome. In 2006 she was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome and in 2008 was A. D. Trendall Fellow at the British School at Rome, working on landscape painting in the context of the social and ecological conditions in the Roman Campagna in the seventeenth century. She has ongoing research projects on landscape painting and the ecology of the Roman Campagna, the market for relics in seventeenth-century Rome, and space and the senses in the baroque city. With Joan Barclay Lloyd, she has studied travel and the built environment of Rome; with Angela Hesson she studied love objects for the exhibition ‘Love: Art of Emotion 1400–1800’ (2017); and with Angela Ndalianis, she undertook the ARC Discovery project: ‘Experiencing Space: Sensory Encounters from Baroque Rome to Neo-Baroque Las Vegas’. In 2010, she published An Ardent Patron: Cardinal Camillo Massimo and his Artistic and Antiquarian Circles in Rome (Paul Holberton Publishing, 2010). Her collection, Emotion and the Seduction of the Senses, Baroque to Neo-Baroque (edited with Angela Ndalianis) was published by Medieval Institute Press in 2018.

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Pilgrimage to the Eternal City: Art, Relics and Catholic Reform in Rome 1570−1640


Beaven, L. M. and A. Ndalianis, eds. Emotion and the Seduction of the Senses, Baroque to Neo-Baroque. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2018.

An Ardent Patron: Cardinal Camillo Massimo and his artistic and antiquarian circle: Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin and Diego Velazquez. Paul Holberton Press, London, and CEEH, Madrid (2010).

With Grant Banbury, Landmarks: The Landscape Paintings of Doris Lusk. Christchurch: Robert McDougall Art Gallery and Hazard Press Ltd, 1996. Republished on-line by the Christchurch Public Library, 2007.

Refereed Articles

Beaven, L. and K. J. Lloyd. ‘Cardinal Paluzzi degli Albertoni Altieri: The Evidence of his Death Inventory, Part 1’. Journal of the History of Collections 28.2 (2016): 175‒90.

‘Cardinal Camillo Massimo and Claude Lorrain: Landscape and the construction of identity in seicento Rome’. Storia dell’Arte 112 (2006): 23−36.

‘Cardinal Camillo Massimi (1620−1677): amateur draughtsman and pupil of Nicolas Poussin’. Master Drawings 41.1 (2003): 14−29.

‘Cardinal Camillo Massimi as a landscape patron: the evidence of the 1677 inventory’. Journal of the History of Collections 15.1 (2003): 19−29.

‘Reni’s Cupid with a Bow and Guercino’s Cupid Spurning Riches in the Prado: A gift from Camillo Massimi?’. Burlington Magazine 142 (July 2000): 437−41.

‘Camillo Massimi as a Patron of Sculptors: François Duquesnoy, Alessandro Algardi, Francesco Fontana and Cosimo Fancelli’. Melbourne Art Journal 3 (1999): 25−36.

With Dagmar Eichberger ‘Family Members and Political Allies: The Portrait Collection of Margaret of Austria’. Art Bulletin (Art Association of America) 77.2 (June 1995): 225−48.

Book Chapters

Beaven, L. ‘Robbing the Grave: Stealing the Remains of the Blessed John of Matha from the Church of S. Tommaso in Formis in 1655’. In Matters of Engagement. Emotions, Identity and Cultural Contact in the Premodern World, edited by D. Hacke, C. Jarzebowski and H. Ziegler, pp. 153–71. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2021. (Published November 2020).

Beaven, L. ‘Sensing and Feeling’. In The Routledge History of Emotions in Europe, 1100–1700, edited by A. Lynch and S. Broomhall, pp. 151–68. London: Routledge, 2020 (Published July 2019).

Beaven, L., and J. L. Colomer. ‘Questo non basta a contentar una donna spagnola’: Camillo Massimo as Papal Nuncio in Madrid and His Later Ties to Spain (1655–62)’. In Ambassadors in Golden-Age Madrid: The Court of Philip IV through Foreign Eyes, edited by J. Fernández-Santos and J. L. Colomer, pp. 201–46. Madrid: Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, 2020.

Beaven, L. ‘The Visual Arts’. A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age (1600–1780), edited by D. Lemmings, C. Walker and K. Barclay, pp. 85–110. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.

Beaven, L. 'Elite Patronage and Collecting’. In A Companion to Early Modern Rome, 1492–1692, edited by P. M. Jones, B. Wisch and S. Ditchfield, pp. 387–411. Leiden: Brill, 2019.

Beaven, L., K. Grant and M. Whitelaw. ‘Digital Cartographies of the Roman Campagna’. In The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature, edited by J. E. Boyle and H. J. Burgess, pp. 212–26. London: Routledge, 2018.

Beaven, L. M. 'Introduction' (with Angela Ndalianis). In Emotion and the Seduction of the Senses, Baroque to Neo-Baroque, edited by L. M. Beaven and A. Ndalianis, pp. 1–17. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2018.

Beaven, L. M. 'Faith and Fetish: Objects and the Body in Catholic Devotional Practice'. In Emotion and the Seduction of the Senses, Baroque to Neo-Baroque, edited by L. M. Beaven and A. Ndalianis, pp. 235–53. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2018.

With Angela Hesson, 'Objects of Love'. In Love: Art of Emotion, edited by A. Hesson, M. Martin and C. Zika, pp. 124−39. Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria exhibition catalogue, 2017.

‘Murder and Misericordia: Reconstructing Violent Death and Emotion in the Roman Campagna in the Seventeenth Century’. In Violence and Emotions in Early Modern Europe, edited by Susan Broomhall and Sarah Finn, pp. 57−97. London: Routledge, 2015.

‘Claude Lorrain and La Crescenza: The Roman Campagna in the Seventeenth Century’. In The Site of Rome, edited by David R. Marshall, pp. 108−39. Rome: Erma di Bretschneider, 2014.

‘E cortesi, erudito, e disinvolto al pari di qualunque altro buon corteggiano’: Cardinal Camillo Massimo (1620−1677) at the Court of Pope Clement X Altieri.  In Possessions of a Cardinal, edited by C. Richardson and M. Hollingsworth, pp. 309−27. Penn. State University Press, 2010.

'Cardinal Camillo Massimo as art agent of the Altieri’. In Art and Identity in Early Modern Rome, edited by M. Bury and J. Burke, pp. 171−87. Aldershot, England: Burlington VT, Ashgate, 2008.

‘Someone to watch over me: The Guardian Angel as Superhero in seventeenth century Rome’. In Super/Heroes: An Anthology, edited by Wendy Haslem, Chris Mackie and Angela Ndalianis, pp. 251−61. Washington: New Academia Press, 2007. ISBN 0-9777908-4-3. Chapter 18.

'Claude Lorrain’s Harbour Scenes: sun, science and the theatre in the Barberini years’. In Art, Site and Spectacle: Studies in Early Modern Visual Culture, edited by David R. Marshall, pp. 147−61. Melbourne: Fine Arts Network, 2007.

‘Bernini’s Last Papal Portrait: the statue of Pope Clement X and its audience’. In  in David R. Marshall (ed.), The Italians: Renaissance and Baroque Paintings from Italian Collections, edited by David R. Marshall, pp. 95−106. Florence: Centro Di, 2004.

Refereed Conference Papers

Beaven, L. ‘Playing with Objects: Engaging the Senses in the Villa Collections of Rome’. In The Early Modern Villa: Senses and Perception versus Materiality, edited by B. Arciszewska, pp. 117–30. Warsaw: Wilanow Palace, 2017.

‘Grave of Graves’: Grand Tourists’ Responses to the Roman Campagna’, conference  paper in Southern Horrors. The Dark Side of the Mediterranean World seen from Northern Europe and America, 1453−1939, an international conference held at the Faculté des Lettres, Arts et Sciences Humaines of the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, 19−21 April 2012. (Cambridge Scholars Press), pp. 79-94.

‘The Galleria of Cardinal Camillo Massimo in the Palazzo Massimo alle Quattro Fontane: issues of audience and display’, in Christina Strunck and Elizabeth Kieven (eds.), Europäische Galeriebauten: Galleries in a Comparative European Perspective, (Akten des Internationalen Symposions der Biblioteca Hertziana Rom, 23−26 February 2005), Munich, 2010, pp. 383−98.

Selected Conference papers and Invited Lectures

Invited Seminar Paper: ‘Bezoar Stones and Rhinoceros Horns Superstition as a Motivation for Collecting in Seventeenth-Century Rome with exotic objects from distant lands’, 'Entangled Histories of Things in the Mediterranean World' seminar, UWA, 14 December 2017.

Conference Paper: ‘Possessing Things: The Emotional Motivations Behind Collecting in Early Modern Rome’, Society for the History of Emotions conference ‘Emotions of Cultures/Cultures of Emotions: Comparative Perspectives’, UWA, 11–14 December 2017.

Conference Paper, ‘Politics and Patronage: Claude Lorrain’s Landscape Paintings and the Construction of Nobility in Seventeenth-Century Rome’, ‘Early Modern Rome 3’ conference, University of California, Rome, Italy, 5–7 October 2017.

Workshop Paper: 'Digital Cartographies of the Roman Campagna: Affective Space', 'Digital Humanities and the Roman Campagna’ Study Day, British School at Rome, 29 September 2017.

Invited  Presentation: 'The Role of Women in Rosary Confraternities in Seventeenth-Century Rome: Olimpia Aldobrandini and Sassoferrato’s Madonna of the Rosary Altarpiece in Santa Sabina', Postgraduate Training Seminar (PATS), Monash University and Pilgrim Theological College, The University of Melbourne, 18–19 August 2017.

Invited Workshop Presentation: 'Mellan's Face of Christ', Melbourne-Manchester Workshop, The University of Manchester, 5 July 2017.

Conference Panel Paper, 'Power, Politics and Emotion: Controlling Access to Relics and Sacred Images in the Churches of Seventeenth-Century Rome', 'Powerful Emotions/ Emotions and Power c.400–1850’ conference, University of York, UK, 28–29 June 2017.

Invited Symposium Presentation: ‘Love and Fear: Religious Devotion and Superstition in Seventeenth-Century Rome’, ‘The Emotions of Love in the Art of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe’ symposium, UMelb and the National Gallery of Victoria, 4–5 May 2017.

Public Lecture: 'Amor vincit omnia: A Celebration of Art and Love', to open ‘Love: Art of Emotion 1400–1800’ exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 30 March 2017.

Public Lecture: ‘Claude Lorrain and the Roman Campagna’, ‘Art Appreciation’ lecture series, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 and 16 February 2017.

Invited Panelist: Digital Humanities Roundtable at 11th Biennial Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies ‘Mobility and Exchange’, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, 7–10 February 2017.

Workshop Paper: ‘“Consecrated with the Blood of Innumerable Martyrs”: The Affective Landscape of the Colosseum in the Early Modern Period’, ‘Space and Emotion: The Places of Rome’ CHE workshop, UMelb, 4 November 2016.

Seminar Paper: ‘Raising the Spirits with the Sight of Various Colours: An Exchange of Coins for Paintings Between Rome and Madrid in 1658’, Power Institute of Art History seminar, Sydney, 15 September 2016.

Conference Paper: ‘Raising the Spirits with the Sight of Various Colours: An Exchange of Coins for Paintings Between Rome and Madrid in 1658’, ‘Emotions, Movement, Cultural Contact and Exchange, 1100‒1800’ CHE/Freie Universität Berlin/Max Planck Institute for Human Development conference, Berlin, 30 June–2 July 2016.

Seminar Paper: ‘Roman Elites, Materiality and Affectivity’, ‘Early Modern Companion to Rome’ workshop, Istituto Storico Italiano per l’Età Moderna e Contemporanea, 17 March 2016.

Symposium Paper: ‘The Chapel of the Rosary in Santa Sabina, Sassoferrato’s Madonna of the Rosary, and the Confraternities of the Rosary in Rome’, ‘Religious Materiality and Emotion’ CHE symposium, Adelaide, 17‒18 February 2016.

Invited Symposium paper: ‘Digitally Mapping the Roman Campagna ’, ‘Re-Casting the Question: Digital Approaches in Art History and Museums’ symposium, USyd, 5 November 2015.

Invited Presentation and workshop participant: ‘Digitally Mapping the Roman Campagna’, ‘Digital Approaches in the Study of Early Modern Culture’ workshop, The Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, 2–3 November 2015.

Invited Seminar: ‘The Chapel of the Rosary in Santa Sabina, Sassoferrato’s Madonna of the Rosary  and Confraternities of the Rosary in Rome’, Early Modern Circle, UMelb, 19 October 2015.

Conference paper: ‘Bringing up the Body: Stealing the Blessed Giovanni da Matha from the Church of S. Tommaso in Formis in 1655’, ANZAMEMS 10th Biennial International Conference, UQ, 14–18 July 2015.

Conference paper: ‘Playing Dead: Practising Dying in Seventeenth-Century Rome’, ‘Practising Emotions: Place and the Public Sphere’ Performance Program collaboratory, UMelb, 6–8 August 2015.

Invited Conference paper: ‘Fear, Fury and the Face: Emotion and the ‘affetti’ in the Art of Nicolas Poussin’, ‘Reading the Face: Image, Text and Emotion’ ARC CHE Shaping the Modern Program collaboratory, UMelb, 2–4 June 2015.

Invited Seminar presentation: ‘The Clash between the Cult of Relics and the Rise of Antiquarianism in Seventeenth-Century Rome’, UMelb, 14 May 2015.

Invited Conference paper: ‘Claude Lorrain’s Coast View with Perseus and the Origin of Coral and the Tomb of the Nasonii: Antique Models for Landscape Painting in Seventeenth-Century Rome’, 61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 25–27 March 2015.

‘Playing with objects: Villa collections and the senses in seventeenth century Rome’, international conference 'The Early Modern Villa: Senses and Perceptions vs. Materiality', Wilanów Palace, Warsaw, 15−17 October 2014.

‘Footsteps of an Angel: Imprint relics in early modern Rome’, 'Relics and Emotions Study Day', ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Melbourne), 21 March 2014. Convenors Dr Sarah Randles and Professor Charles Zika.

Object and Interaction: Online Teaching with La Trobe Cultural Collections Video presentation with Dr Gillian Shepherd, La Trobe Learning and Teaching Colloquium, 6 December 2013, La Trobe University.

‘Faith and Fetish: Objects and the Body in Baroque Culture’, 'Baroque to Neobaroque: Emotion and the Seduction of the Senses' international conference, UMelb, 27−29 November 2013.

‘Murder and Misericordia: Reconstructing Violence in the Roman Campagna’, 'Violence and the Emotions in Europe, 1400−1800' conference, UWA, 2 October 2013.

‘Being Naked in Early Modern Italy’, one of two public lectures in the forum 'How to Look Good Naked: From Antiquity to the Renaissance', National Gallery of Victoria, 9 November 2013.

‘Touching Stone: Statues and Relics in the Baroque churches of Rome’, invited conference paper, 'Sacred Places, Pilgrimage and Emotions' ARC CHE Change Program collaboratory, UMelb, 23−25 May 2013. (Dr Sarah Randles and Professor Charles Zika convenors).

‘"In no way does she resemble a woman": Queen Christina of Sweden and Her Reception in Seventeenth-Century Rome’, The Johnston Collection, House Museum, 27 March 2013. Repeated at the request of the La Trobe Art History Alumni, La Trobe University, 15 May 2013.

‘"Passions of the Soul": Emotion in the Art of Nicolas Poussin’, The La Trobe Art History Alumni Rae Alexander Lecture', (invited keynote), National Gallery of Victoria, 9 November 2012.