Elizabeth Baltes

Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Visual Arts, Coastal Carolina University

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Elizabeth Baltes received her PhD in Greek and Roman Art & Archaeology from Duke in 2016. Her research interests lie at the intersection of sculpture, politics, and public space in the Greek world. She has published on the changing statue landscapes of both ancient Athens and the sacred island of Delos. Her current project, tentatively titled, “Portraits of Honor, Monuments of Disrepute,” traces the practice of setting up public honorific portrait statues from antiquity to the present. Through a series of cases studies, it also examines the variety of responses to existing monuments when communities no longer wish to hold these individuals up as exemplars worthy of such honors. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, and her dissertation research was supported by the Archaeological Institute of America.

Related Courses

Wired! The Museum Inside Out

Related Projects


Death, burial and commemoration in Athens from antiquity to the late 19th century


Statues Speak

Related Publications and Presentations


Dillon, Sheila, and Elizabeth Palmer Baltes. “Honorific Practices and the Politics of Space on Hellenistic Delos.” American Journal of Archaeology 117 (2013): 207-46.

Book Chapters

Baltes, Elizabeth P. “Itinerant Statues? The Portrait Landscape of the Athenian Agora,” in Greek Art in Context, edited by D. Rodríguez-Pérez. Ashgate, in press.


Baltes, Elizabeth P. “Dedication and Display of Portrait Statues in Hellenistic Greece: Spatial Practices and Identity Politics.” PhD dissertation, 2016.


Baltes, Elizabeth P. “In the Round: Using Digital Technologies to Recontextualize Classical Sculpture,” University of North Carolina/Duke Classics Colloquium, Chapel Hill, NC. March 20, 2010.

Baltes, Elizabeth P. “The 3-D Model, Double-Spaced with 1” Margins: Reformulating the Digital Dissertation,” Panel Presentation, Digital Scholarly Communication – Notes from the Wired! Lab for Digital Historical Visualization, HASTAC 2011 Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, December 2, 2011.

Baltes, Elizabeth P. “Three Art Historians, a Computer Scientist, and a Digital Artist Walk into a Classroom…” Panel Presentation, Art Historians Interested in Pedagogy and Technology (AHPT), Annual meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Greensboro, NC. November 1, 2013.

Baltes, Elizabeth P. “A Critique of Digital Modeling,” Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology – Greece Conference, Rethymno, Greece. March 7-8, 2014.

Baltes, Elizabeth P., Caroline Bruzelius, Hannah L. Jacobs, and Timothy Shea. “Digital Thinking and Art History: Re-Imagining Teaching, Research, and the Museum.” Intermezzo Speaking Series, Art, Art History & Visual Studies. Duke University, Durham, NC. September 29, 2015.

Olson, Mark J.V. and Elizabeth P. Baltes, Erica Sherman, Victoria Szabo. “Digital Scholarly Communication – Notes from the Wired! Lab for Digital Historical Visualization,” HASTAC 2011 Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, December 02, 2011.

Andrea Basso

Visiting Student, Building Engineering & Architecture, University of Padua

Andrea Basso is currently studying Building Engineering and Architecture at the University of Padua. In these years he has learned how new multimedia tools can be implemented in the field of Architecture and Engineering, and how they can improve both the visualization and the construction process of the buildings. He is currently working on the church of S. Chiara in Naples with Caroline Bruzelius, Lucas Giles, and his fellow student from Italy, Elisa Castagna, investigating the architecture of the past with the 3D visualization media. He is also developing the theme of display of architectural models through the study of UNITY software and of BIM models’ transfer into virtual reality environments such as the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment.

Related Projects

St. Chiara Choir Screen

Tolly Boatwright

Professor of Ancient Studies, Department of Classical Studies

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Irreversibly influenced by studying in Rome during my twenties, I center much of my research on ancient Roman topography and on how Rome’s built and created environment intersected with social, political and cultural history.  Recurrent interests are the roles and visibility of Roman women, both at the top of Rome’s hierarchies (as in my current project on Rome’s imperial women), and much lower down (as with “Children and Parents on the Tombstones of Pannonia,” in The Roman Family IV; and 2011’s “Women and Gender in the Forum Romanum”).  I have used the multifaceted and fascinating emperor Hadrian as a way to address larger issues in Roman history, publishing Hadrian and the City of Rome (1987) and Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire (2000).  Maps and visual material culture are key to other research, from Peoples of the Roman World (2013) to my recent “Visualizing Empire in Imperial Rome,” on Agrippa’s Map and its environs in Rome.

Related Courses

Roman Frontiers

Paolo Borin

PhD student, Università IUAV di Venezia

Paolo Borin is a PhD student at the Università IUAV di Venezia. His thesis explores the science and stereotomy of Guarino Guarini through digital and computational modeling techniques. Borin graduated with a degree in Architectural Engineering from University of Padua in 2011 with honors. His thesis analyzes how prefabrication and BIM could lead to low cost and high quality buildings. From 2011 he has been exploring theory and practise of Building Information Modeling and applying it to enhance the building process. Within Visualizing Venice, he’s studying how to merge information and digital modeling to set up an effective knowledge base for Digital Humanities.

Related Projects


Visualizing Venice

William Broom

Project Manager, The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database

William Broom is an independent research assistant and project coordinator for the Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database, with extensive  experience in creating FileMaker Pro databases and the development of image cataloging and visualization projects. For many years he also served as visual resources curator and IT analyst in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. As associate slide curator during the mid-1980s he implemented the first computerized image cataloging system in the visual resources unit. In the early 1990s Bill created Duke’s first digital image-study resource which deployed stand-alone computer clusters in two university libraries for students’ out-of-class study of art history images.

Bill received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in vocal music. He pursued doctoral studies in musicology at the University of Louisville with a secondary concentration in art history, and speaks and/or reads Italian, French, Spanish and German with varying fluency. In his current affiliate appointment with the Kingdom of Sicily image project he supervises student and affiliate catalogers, reviews data entries, helps track tasking and implementation issues, and serves as a technical liaison between the project’s directors and its chief database and web developer.

Caroline Bruzelius

Director Emeritus, Wired! Lab | Anne M. Cogan Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

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Caroline Bruzelius works on architecture, sculpture, and urbanism in the Middle Ages. She has published on French Gothic architecture (for example, the abbey church of St.-Denis and Notre Dame in Paris) as well as on medieval architecture in Italy, in particular Naples in the 13th and 14th centuries (in both English and Italian editions). She recently published a book on Franciscan and Dominican architecture, Preaching, Building and Burying. Friars in the Medieval City (Yale U. Press, 2014). Bruzelius has also published numerous articles on the architecture of medieval nuns and architectural enclosure, an area in which she did pioneering work.

Her 1991 catalogue of the Brummer Collection of Medieval Sculpture at Duke, is now being revisited as a series of interactive display installations being developed in collaboration with Mark Olson. She has been awarded numerous grants and prizes, including grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Max-Planck Institute (Hertziana Library), and the Fulbright Association. She is former Director of the American Academy in Rome, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and at the Medieval Academy. Bruzelius is co-Director of a database on images of the monuments in medieval Kingdom of Naples, and is working on two new studies: a book called “The Cathedral and the City,” and a general study of architecture in the Medieval Kingdom of Sicily.

Related Courses

Gothic Cathedrals

Introduction to Art History

The Mendicant Revolution

The Museum Inside Out 


Related Projects

Alife Arch App


The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Database

The Lives of Things

St. Chiara Choir Screen

Visualizing Venice

Related Publications and Presentations

Books & Book Chapters

Bruzelius, Caroline. Preaching, Building and Burying: Friars and the Medieval City. London: Yale University Press, 2014.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Visualizing Venice: An International Collaboration.” In Lo spazio narrabile. Scritti di storia inonore di Donatella Calabi, edited by Rosa Tamborrino and Guido Zucconi, 155-160. Venice: Quodlibet, 2014.


Bruzelius, Caroline. “Teaching with Visualization Technologies: How Does Information Become Knowledge.” Material Religion 9 (2013): 246-253.


Medieval Kingdom of Sicily: A Database of Monuments and Sites. Project Director: Caroline Bruzelius; Project Managers: Paola Vitolo and Joseph C. Williams; Project Collaborators: Gabriella Cianciolo, Francesco Gangemi, Luciana Mocciola, Ruggero Longo, Alba Irollo; Metadata and Image Management Consultant: John J. Taormina; Technical Consultant and Database/Web Developer: David Tremmel.


Baltes, Elizabeth P., Caroline Bruzelius, Hannah L. Jacobs, and Timothy Shea. “Digital Thinking and Art History: Re-Imagining Teaching, Research, and the Museum.” Intermezzo Speaking Series, Art, Art History & Visual Studies. Duke University, Durham, NC. September 29, 2015.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Revolutionizing Teaching with Technology,” Clark University, Worcester, MA. April 2010.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “What Can Digital Technologies Do for the Humanities?” Annual meeting of Art Libraries Society/Southeast. Duke University, Durham, NC. 2011.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Teconologia e l’insegnamento,” Ca’Foscari University, Venice, Italy. October 2011.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “What Does Technology have to do with the Humanities?” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. 2011.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “What Does Technology have to do with the Humanities?” St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. 2012.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “TEDx Talk” on Technology and Teaching. 2012

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Teaching with Technology,” University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. January 2012.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Visualizing Venice,” Digital Art History Symposium. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. November 2014.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Tecnologia visuale e la Storia dell’Arte,” La Sapienza, Rome, Italy. April 2014.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Digital Urban History: la storia della città tra ricerca e musei.” University of Turin, Turin, Italy. February 2-4, 2015.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Apps, Maps, and Models –The Digital Revolution and History,” Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. March 27, 2017.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Transforming Art History in the Digital Revolution.” Digital Art History Research Group. The Courtault Institute of Art, London, UK. June 12, 2017.

Bruzelius, Caroline and Rachael Brady “Digital Technology and the Humanities.” Mount Holyoke College and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 2012.

Bruzelius, Caroline, and Hannah L. Jacobs. “Wired! Full Immersion: Neatline and the Digital Syllabus.” Media Arts + Sciences Rendezvous. Duke University, Durham, NC. March 19, 2015.

Bruzelius, Caroline, and Hannah L. Jacobs. “Demonstration: Using a Neatline Syllabus in the Introductory Art History Survey. Art Historians Interested in Pedagogy and Technology: “A Signature Pedagogy for Art History in the Twenty-First Century.” College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. February 3, 2016.

Bruzelius, Caroline, Mark J.V. Olson, Donatella Calabi, Andrea Giordano, Victoria E. Szabo. “Visualizing Venice.” Florentia Illustrata. Digital Mapping and Techniques of Visualizing the Pre-modern Italian City. Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut. Florence, Italy. June 17, 2013.

Bruzelius, Caroline and Victoria E. Szabo. “The Lives of Places and Cities: New models of representation and their conceptual implications for the past and present.” Seminario Internazionale: Promosso dagli insegnamenti: Storia dell’architettura e Disegno edile. Università degli Studi di Padova. Padua, Italy. June 9, 11, and 16, 2014.

Olson, Mark J.V. and Caroline Bruzelius. “Learning by Making: Digital Methods and the Wired! Experiment at Duke University.” Invited Public Lecture. Inaugural Lecture, Wesleyan Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative, Wesleyan University. March 6, 2013.


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Eloise Cartwright

Humanities Writ Large Fellow

I am a senior studying Art History and French, with a minor in Economics. I spent the fall semester of my junior year studying in Paris. I have spent the past few summers working in the art world, in both museums and auction houses, and I hope to work in this field when I graduate. Originally from London, I hope to stay in America for the foreseeable future.

Related Projects

Death, Burial, and Commemoration in Athens

Elisa Castagna

Visiting Student, Building Engineering & Architecture, University of Padua

Elisa Castagna is a fifth-year student of five-years single-cycle degree in Building Engineering and Architecture at the University of Padua. During these four years at the university she has been focused on the study of engineering and architectural subjects, taking a close interest in the use of IT tools for the development of architectural models and in the field of construction process. She is currently working on the church of S. Chiara in Naples with Caroline Bruzelius and Lucas Giles, developing the theme of display of architectural models through the study of UNITY software and of BIM models’ transfer into virtual reality environments such as the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment.

Related Projects

Sta. Chiara Choir Screen

Laura Moure Cecchini

Assistant Professor of Art & Art History, Colgate University

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I graduated from Duke University with a PhD in Art History in 2016. My area of specialization is the history and theory of European art of the 19th and 20th centuries, with an emphasis on art, photography, and design produced in Italy from the Unification to World War 2. I am currently writing my dissertation, in which I analyze how key Italian artists, critics, and art historians from the 1880s and up to 1945 invoked Baroque tropes to interpret the experience of Modernity. I am also interested in the artistic and cultural exchanges between Italy and Latin America, in particular Mexico and Argentina. I have a B.A. in Philosophy from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City), and a M.Phil. in Philosophy from National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico City).

Related Projects

A Portrait of Venice Venice Interactive Visual Atlas Visualizing Venice

Related Publications and Presentations


Cecchini, Laura Moure. “The “Mostra del Quarantennio” and the Canon of Modern Art at the Venice Biennale in the Interwar Period,” Il Capitale Culturale, Studies on the Value of Cultural Heritage  “Museums and Exhibitions between WWI and WWII” 14: 223-252.


Di Stefano, Chiara, and Laura Moure Cecchini, “Between the Ephemeral and the Virtual: Reactivating Art Installations through Digital Reconstructions,” Panel Organization, College Art Association, Washington, D.C, February 3-6, 2016.

Jessica Chen

Wired! Fellow

Class of 2020 | Planning to declare Double Major in Art History & Economics

Jessica Chen is currently a first-year studying art history and economics at Duke University. She is involved in the Alife Arch project with Professor Bruzelius, and works specifically on historical mapping. Jessica is interested in provenance studies and researches the classical collection at the Nasher Museum of Art.

Related Projects

Alife Arch App