Dr Lulu Salto Stephensen
Dr Lulu Salto Stephensen is well known in Scandinavia as a Danish art historian who specializes in the aesthetics of garden design. Her grandfather was the distinguished painter and ceramicist Axel Salto. She was born in 1949 in Malaya, where her father was a rubber planter, but was educated in Denmark from an early age and progressed to an MAA in art history at the University of Copenhagen in 1986, and a fil. dr. (Ph. D) from the University of Lund, Sweden, in 1993. Her doctoral thesis, Tradition og Fornyelse i Dansk Havekunst – G. N. Brandt og de første artier af 1900 tallet forms the basis of this revised English-language edition.
Dr Stephensen has lectured at, among many institutions, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen, at the School of Architecture at Århus, and in the Faculty of Sciences, University of Copenhagen. She also set up courses on the history of Danish and universal garden design for the Danish University Extension. She regularly reviews books on aesthetics and landscape for journals and newspapers, and has published papers in learned journals. Among her larger publications are the important special issue of the Journal of Garden History featuring Garden History in Scandinavia, 1997 (as editor), Danmarks Havekunst, Volume II, 2001, and many biographies in Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon and similar articles in Den Store Danske Encyclopædi. Dr Stephensen is married to the architect and furniture designer, Hannes Stephensen; they live north of Copenhagen at Helsingør [Elsinore].