Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

Dr Joan Barclay Lloyd

Born in Zambia, Dr Joan Barclay Lloyd read for her PhD on the church of San Clemente, Rome, at the University of London’s Warburg Institute. She then moved to Rome, where she worked as assistant to eminent scholar Professor Richard Krautheimer on his classic study Rome, profile of a city, 312-1308.

For many years she taught Art History at La Trobe University (1980-2006), with a focus on Ancient Roman sites, as well as Byzantine and medieval art. Joan now lives in Rome and continues to carry out research on the art and architecture of the city.

Joan has published extensively. Following a wonderful early work on African animals in Renaissance literature and art (her Master’s thesis), she has published books and a vast number of articles on medieval Italian architecture and iconography, as well as several studies on the history, architecture, and stained glass of some churches in Victoria, Australia.

Joan has been associated with ASA since its very first tour in Italy; she was, in fact the first lecturer ever to teach an ASA group (1977). She has taught La Trobe University/ASA student credit courses in Rome and the Bay of Naples, and has lectured on general cultural tours to Northern Italy, Croatia, Sicily and on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. Recently, she has been a guest lecturer in Rome, generously sharing her extensive knowledge of the Eternal City with ASA travellers. Her extraordinary teaching, her keen intellect, her fine empathy, her deep humility, and her wry sense of humour have endeared her to many, many students and ASA travellers.

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy for the Humanities
  • Research Fellow of the British School at Rome
  • Adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University
  • Member of the Pierre Goursat Institute.

San Chosm’e Damiano e ‘l suo bel monasterio…: il complesso monumentale di San Cosimato ieri, oggi, e domani, Quaderni di TestoeSenso 1/2013, Rome, 2013. (edited book with Gemma Guerrini Ferri)

SS Vincenzo e Anastasio at Tre Fontane near Rome: History and Architecture of a Medieval Cistercian Abbey, Cistercian Studies Series 198, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2006.

  1. Cosma e Damiano in Mica Aurea: Architettura, Storia e Storiografia di un monastero romano soppresso, Miscellanea della Società Romana di Storia Patria XXXVIII, Rome: Società Romana di Storia Patria, 1998.  (co-authored with Karin Bull-Simonsen Einaudi)

Our Story so far … History of St. Mary’s Thornbury, Melbourne: Thornbury, 1998.

The medieval Church and Canonry of San Clemente in Rome, San Clemente Miscellany III, Rome: Apud San Clemente, 1989

African Animals in Renaissance Art and Literature, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971.


‘”Chiamansi Romei in quanto vanno a Roma” (V.N., XL, 7): pilgrimage to Rome in the late duecento’, in La Gloriosa Donna de la Mente, A commentary on the Vita Nuova, ed. V. Moleta, Florence, Leo S. Olschki Editore, 1994, 225 – 247.

‘The architecture of the medieval monastery at S. Lorenzo fuori le Mura, Rome’ in Architectural Studies in Memory of Richard Krautheimer, ed. Cecil L. Striker, Mainz: Phillip von Zabern, 1996, 99-102.

‘The River of Life in the medieval mosaics of S. Maria Maggiore in Rome’, Reading Texts and Images, ed. B. Muir, University of Exeter Press, Exeter, 2002, 35-55.

‘The church and monastery of S. Pancrazio, Rome’, in Pope, Church and City: Essays in Honour of Brenda M. Bolton, eds. Andrews F., C. Egger and C.M. Rousseau, Leiden: Brill, 2004, 245-266.

‘The medieval church of S. Maria in Portico in Rome’, Römische Quartalschrift für christliche Altertumskunde und Kirchengeschichte 76: 1-2 (1981) 95-106.

‘Masonry techniques in medieval Rome, c. 1080-c. 1300’, Papers of the British School at Rome 53 (1985) 225-277.

‘The prophet Jonah in Early Christian Art’, SIDIC Review 18 (1985) 17-19.

‘The Trinity and the hierarchies of angels: a lost fresco from S. Clemente in Rome and an iconographic tradition of the angelic choirs’, Arte Cristiana 708 (5-6) (1985) 167-180.

‘The building history of the medieval church of S. Clemente in Rome’, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 45 (1986) 197-223.

‘The medieval monastery of SS. Cosma e Damiano in Mica Aurea in Rome, c.936-1234”, Tjurunga  (Australasian Benedictine Review) 34 (1988) 25-35.

‘The early icons of Rome’, Phronema 4 (1989) 53-73.

‘Das goldene Gewand der Muttergottes in der Bildersprache mittelalterlicher und frühchristlicher Mosaiken in Rom’, Römische Quartalschrift für christliche Altertumskunde und Kirchengeschichte 85 (1990) 66-85.

‘SS. Vincenzo e Anastasio alle Tre Fontane near Rome: the Australian connection’, Tjurunga 46 (1994) 57-70.

‘Heaven and Hell in medieval Italian Art’, Spunti e Ricerche 11(1995) 18 – 34.

‘The medieval murals in the Cistercian abbey of SS. Vincenzo e Anastasio ad Aquas Salvias at Tre Fontane in their architectural setting’, Papers of the British School at Rome 65 (1997) 287-348.

‘The Architecture of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Hawthorn’, Melbourne Art Journal  2 (1998) 33-46.

‘Eucharistic Imagery in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, St. Patrick’s Cathedral Melbourne’, The Summit 27.2 (2000) 5-7.

‘Mary Queen of the Angels: Byzantine and Roman Images of the Virgin and Child enthroned with attendant Angels’, Melbourne Art Journal 5 (2001) 5-24.

‘Medieval Dominican Architecture at Santa Sabina in Rome, c. 1219 – c. 1320’, Papers of the British School at Rome 72 (2004) 231-292.

‘Sixth-century Art and Architecture in “Old Rome”–End or beginning?’, in The Sixth Century: End or Beginning?  eds. P. Allen and E. Jeffreys, Byzantina Australiensa 10, Brisbane, 1996, 224-235.

‘The depiction of figures from the Hebrew Scriptures in the Art of the Roman Catacombs’, in Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church, eds. P. Allen, R. Canning and L. Cross, vol. I, Brisbane, 1998, 97-110.

‘The medieval rebuilding and decoration of the early Christian church of San Clemente in Rome’, in Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church, eds. P. Allen, W. Mayer and L. Cross, vol. II, Brisbane, 1999, 279-297.

‘Krautheimer and San Paolo fuori le Mura: architectural, urban and liturgical planning in late fourth-century Rome’, in F. Guidobaldi and A. Guiglia Guidobaldi, eds. Ecclesiae Urbis, I, Vatican City, 2002, 11-24.

‘The architectural planning of Pope Innocent III’s nunnery of S. Sisto in Rome’ in Innocenzo III: Urbs et orbis,  ed. Andrea Sommerlechner, Rome: Società Romana di Storia Patria and Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medio Evo, vol. II, 2003, 1292-1311.

‘A new look at the mosaics of S. Clemente’, Anne J. Duggan et al. eds. Omnia Disce – Medieval Studies in Memory of Leonard Boyle, OP, Aldershot, 2005, 9-27.

‘Creating a “medieval” interior: the stained glass windows in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Melbourne’, in J. Luxford and M. Michael, eds. Essays in Honour of Nigel J. Morgan, London, 2010 , 321-334.

‘San Cosimato: da monastero benedettino a monastero delle Clarisse. Gli edifice e le loro funzioni nella vita dei religiose’, in Gemma Guerrini Ferri and Joan Barclay Lloyd eds, San Chosm’e Damiano e ‘l suo bel monasterio…: il complesso monumentale di San Cosimato ieri, oggi, e domani, Quaderni di TestoeSenso 1/2013, Rome, 2013, 33-51.

‘‘Memory, myth and meaning along the urban section of the Via Appia from Piazza di Porta Capena to Porta San Sebastiano’, in: David R. Marshall, ed. The Site of Rome: Studies in the Art and Topography of Rome, 1400-1750, Rome, 2014, 28-51

‘Paintings for Dominican nuns: a new look at the images of saints, scenes from the New Testament and Apocrypha, and episodes from the life of Saint Catherine of Siena in the medieval apse of San Sisto Vecchio in Rome’, Papers of the British School at Rome 80 (2012) 189-232.

‘Saint Catherine of Siena’s Tomb and its place in S. Maria sopra Minerva, Rome: Narration, Translation and Veneration’, Papers of the British School at Rome 83 (2015) 111-148.

‘Sources for the story of the Creation in the mosaics of Sicily and Venice’, in J. Burke et al. eds, Byzantine Narrative, John Burke, et al. eds, Papers in Honour of Roger Scott Melbourne, 2006, 292-302.

‘Mosaic Dreaming: Materiality, Migration and Memory’, in J. Anderson ed. Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration and Convergence, ed. J. Anderson, MUP, 2009, 487-492 (co-authored with Alison Inglis)

Past Tours
  • Southern Italy: Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and the Treasures of Apulia (2019)
  • From the Alps to the Adriatic; the Veneto, Slovenia & the Dalmatian Coast (2008)
  • Venice & Her Empire (2007)
  • Medieval France & Spain: The Pilgrim Routes to Santiago de Compostela (2007)
  • Roman Cultural Landscapes – La Trobe University (2005)