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Robert Wellington is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the Australian National University. He is an art historian with a special interest in the art and culture of Louis XIV’s France. He has presented numerous conference papers and invited lectures on the art of Louis XIV’s court around the world at venues including the Courtauld Institute, London, the John Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Frick Collection, New York, Institut Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, and the Château de Versailles. Robert the advisory panel to the Bloomsbury Academic book series, The Material Culture of Art and Design. He is Lead CI on the ARC Discovery Project, Performing Transdisciplinarity. Robert is an ARC DECRA fellow (2019-2022).

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Choix de Chansons: a digital critical edition. Editors: Christina Clark, Nicholas Cronk, Erin Helyard, Mark Ledbury, Glenn Roe, (Canberra; Oxford; Paris; Sydney: online publication, forthcoming 2020)


The Versailles Effect: Objects, lives and afterlives of the domaine.Co-edited with Mark Ledbury (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020).

Antiquarianism and the Visual Histories of Louis XIV: Artifacts for a future past. Single author monograph (Ashgate: 2015)

Articles and book chapters:

“American Versailles: from the Gilded Age to Generation Wealth,” in Mark Ledbury and Robert Wellington (eds), The Versailles Effect: objects, lives, and afterlives of the domain (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020).

“Metadata, material culture, and global art history,” in The Routledge Companion to Digital Humanities and Art History (Routledge, 2020).

“Médailles en mouvement: la réception des médailles de Louis XIV à la croisée des cultures,” in Yvan Loskutoff (dir.) Le Médailles de Louis XIV et Leur Livre, trans. Y. Loskutoff, (Mont-Saint-Aignan, PURH, 2016).

“Lines of Sight: Israël Silvestre and the axial symbolism of Louis XIV’s gardens at Versailles,” Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes (November, 2016).

“Louis XIV’s Medals Cabinet at Versailles,” The Medal 67 (Autumn, 2015).

“The cartographic origins or Adam-Franz van der Meulen’s Marly Cycle,” in Print Quarterly 28, 2 (June, 2011).

New media:

“If I could go anywhere: Boughton House, ‘the English Versailles’ and its shimmering treasures,” The Conversation (14 August, 2021):

“Friday essay: In defence of beauty in art,” The Conversation (15 March, 2018):

“Going for Gold, Trump, Louis XIV, and interior design,” The Conversation (23 January, 2017):

Radio Interview: “Versailles and Trump,” Mornings with Genevieve Jacobs, ABC Radio 666 (2 March, 2017):—versailles-and-trump/8322252

” ‘A poor person’s idea of a rich person:’ Donald Trump’s gaudy taste” Sydney Morning Herald (13 March, 2017):

“Trump’s display of wealth, power falls short,” Canberra Times (13 March, 2017), 17.

Siobhan Heanue, “Donald Trump’s decor inspired by French king Louis XIV and the palace of Versailles,” ABC News (17 March 2017):

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