His first book, Nature as Model: Salomon de Caus and Early Seventeenth-Century Landscape Design, was published by The University of Pennsylvania Press in 2006. In 2012, he was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant and a Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts Research and Development Grant (US) to work on his next book, The Monster in the Garden: Reframing Renaissance Landscape Design. Luke has two chapters on the design and meaning of early modern landscapes in the forthcoming A Cultural History of Gardens (Berg, 2012) and another in The Oxford Handbook to the Age of Shakespeare (Oxford University Press, 2014). He is on the editorial board of the international quarterly Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes (SHGDL) and has been an editorial advisor to Australian Book Review, both of which he has also guest edited. He frequently contributes essays to SHGDL including, most recently, ‘The Monster in the Garden: The Grotesque, the Gigantic and the Monstrous in Renaissance Landscape Design’ (2011). In Australia, his essays have appeared in books and exhibition catalogues published by The Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), The Miegunyah Press (Melbourne), Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand.
Nature as Model - Salomon de Caus and Early Seventeenth-Century Landscape Design
University of Pennsylvania Press
The first comprehensive book on this protean figure, Nature as Model sifts through historical material, Salomon de Caus's own writings, and his extant landscape designs to determine what is fact and what is fiction in the life of this polymathic and prolific figure. In doing so, it clarifies numerous hitherto unresolved problems in his biography and historiography.
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