Dr Felicity Harley-McGowan

Felicity Harley-McGowan is an historian of Late Antique and Medieval art, and has taught in the fields of Greek, Roman, early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance art history. She is particularly interested in the art of early Christian and Medieval Rome, and the 'survival' of the Classical tradition in Christian art through to the Renaissance.

On completing her PhD in the department of Classics at the University of Adelaide (Australia), she was awarded post-doctoral fellowships at the Warburg Institute, University of London, and subsequently The British School at Rome.

In 2006, she was appointed Lecturer in Medieval Art History at the University of Melbourne. Between 2009-2010, she was a Research Fellow in the department of Art History and lectured in early Christian art at the United Faculty of Theology. In December 2010, Felicity was appointed as the Gerry Higgins Lecturer in Medieval Art History at the University of Melbourne. She is a Research Fellow in the Trinity College Theological School, University of Melbourne.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Adelaide University)
  • Postgraduate (Adelaide University)

Member of

  • Australian Association for Byzantine Studies. Executive Committee Member
  • College Art Association. Member
  • Australian Early Medieval Association. Member
  • Society for Biblical Literature. Member
  • International Centre of Medieval Art. Associate Board Member


Research Book Chapters


Journal Articles Refereed
Fully Written Paper Refereed


Research Book Chapters


Research Book Chapters
  • Felicity Harley-McGowan. "The Crucifixion". Spier J. Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art. Yale University Press, 2007, pp. 227-232
Journal Articles Unrefereed Letters or Notes


Major Reference works
Fully Written Paper Refereed
  • Felicity Harley-McGowan. "The narration of Christ's passion in early Christian art". Burke J, Betka U, Buckley P, Hay K, Scott R, Stephenson A. Byzantine narrative: papers in honour of Roger Scott. Australian Association for Byzantine Studies, 2006, pp. 221-232, 221-538, 536-232, 536-538


Book Chapters Other
  • Felicity Harley-McGowan. "Nell". Wise K. Academici: The First Five Years of the Australia Council Visual Arts/Crafts Board Rome Studio Residency, 1999-2004. Monash University Gallery, 2005, pp. 30-31
Journal Articles Unrefereed Letters or Notes

Additional grant information

2011: Teaching Support Fellowship, University of Melbourne
2003: Humanities Fieldwork Fellowship, Australian Academy of the Humanities
2003: Australian Association for Byzantine Studies: Postdoctoral Award
2003: Society for the Study of Early Christianity, Research Grant, Ancient History Research Centre, Macquarie University
2001-2002: University of South Australia: Teaching and Learning Grant, Division of Education Arts and Social Sciences
1995-1998: Australian Postgraduate Award, Commonwealth Government
1998: Postgraduate Travel Grant, University of Adelaide Alumni Association
1997: Research Abroad Scholarship, University of Adelaide


Available for supervision.