Paola Vitolo

Co-PI, The Medieval Kingdom of Italy Image Database | Assistant Professor, History of Medieval Art, University of Catania

Paola Vitolo is Researcher and Assistant Professor in the History of Medieval Art at the University of Catania (Italy). Vitolo has collaborated with the Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database since its creation in 2011, initially as Project Manager (2011-15) and now as Co-PI.

Her research interests include female patronage, the reuse and reinterpretation of medieval works of art in later periods, the social status of medieval artists and the organization of workshops. She also has experience in the use of historical images and their critical interpretation. She has a number of publications in this area of study and also teaches related topics  at the University of Catania.

Her publications appear in specialized journals and in conference acts. She has received fellowships from the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdients, German Program of Academic Exchange), the Warburg Institute-School of Advanced Studies, University of London, the Italian Academy (Columbia University, New York, USA), the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Plank Gesellschaft für Kunstgeschichte), Rome; and the Centre d’Études Superieures de Civilisation Mèdièvale, Poitiers (France). She is also a  collaborator on research projects at other Italian and European institutions.


The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database


Anna Vivian

Wired! Fellow
Class of 2017 | Major in Physics & Art History

Anna Vivian is a sophomore double majoring in Physics and Art History. In the Wired! Lab, she works on the Digital Athens project with a focus on domestic spaces. Her interests include the interaction of public and private spaces and buildings as well as the community life of urban areas.


Digital Athens

Mary Kate Weggeland

Wired! Fellow
Class of 2019 | Major in Art History with a Concentration in Museum Theory and Practice, Minor in French Studies, Certificate in Markets and Management Studies

I am a sophomore from Riverside, California, majoring in Art History with a Concentration in Museum Theory and Practice and minoring in French Studies with a certificate in Markets and Management Studies. I first became involved with the Wired! Lab after taking an Italian Renaissance class taught by Professor Kristin Lanzoni the fall of my freshman year. I began working with the Wired! Lab the following spring as a researcher. My research has focused on the subject of early modern city views and the expanse of Venetian influence on the world during the 1500’s. I am also working with the Rubenstein Library, researching and developing an online platform, which will aid in the production of a digitized copy of one of the oldest atlases on file, the Civitates Orbis Terrarum. Outside of the Wired! Lab, I enjoyed working as an Archives and Education Intern this past summer at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA, where I was introduced to different aspects of archival and museum collection management and educational initiatives.


A Portrait of Venice

Statues Speak

Annabel Wharton

William B. Hamilton Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
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Annabel Jane Wharton, William B. Hamilton Professor of Art History, Duke University, received her Ph.D. at the Courtauld Institute, London University. In 2015, she was the Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History at the Yale University School of Architecture. She has also received major fellowships from Dumbarton Oaks, the ACLS, The Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the National Humanities Center. Initially her research focused on Late Ancient and Byzantine art and culture. Her works from her early career included Art of Empire (Penn State), Tokali Kilise (Dumbarton Oaks/Harvard); Refiguring the Post-Classical City (Cambridge). With Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture (Chicago, 2001), she began to investigate the effects of modernity on ancient landscapes. She has combined her pre-Modern and Modern interests in her last two books, Selling Jerusalem: Relics, Replicas, Theme Parks (Chicago, 2006) and Architectural Agents: The Delusional, Abusive, Addictive Lives of Buildings (Minnesota, 2015). Continuing to investigate the agency of things, she has begun work on a new book project treating models—conceptual and material, analog and digital, tentatively titled Manipulating Models: Diagnostic, Phenomenal, Architectural.


Proseminar II on Models

Hanna Wiegers

Class of 2016 | Art History & Neuroscience

Hanna Wiegers is a junior with a double major in art history and neuroscience. After studying abroad in Paris last semester, she discovered her enthusiasm for all things medieval. She is pursuing a thesis in medieval art history, and she particularly loves gothic cathedrals. When not working on these projects, she can be found working for The Standard, Duke’s online magazine, or as a student intern in the alumni office. She hopes to work in the art world after graduating and loves the Wired! Lab for its enthusiastic environment and drive to rethink how art history can be integrated in the digital world.


Paris of Waters

Troyes Cathedral: Stained Glass

Jessica Williams

Wired! Fellow
Class of 2019 | Indent to declare Major in Psychology, Minor in Art History

Jessica Williams is a freshman planning (tentatively) to major in Psychology and minor in Art History. She is involved in outreach for the Kingdom of Sicily project, as well as research for the Statues Speak! project. Outside of Wired!, Jessica writes for the arts section of The Chronicle.


The Kingdom of Sicily Database

Statues Speak

Joseph Williams

PhD Candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies
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Joseph Williams is a Ph.D. Candidate in Art History at Duke University. Under the guidance of Dr. Caroline Bruzelius, he has studied 12th- and 13th-century architecture in Southern Italy, with a particular focus on construction techniques and pan-Mediterranean exchanges of specialized technology. Williams holds a BA from Bates College and a Master’s degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Williams’s dissertation Mediterranean Trade and Architectural Production: The Church of S. Corrado in Molfetta (Apulia) ca. 1100-1300 CE considers how the expanding trade and communications of the medieval Mediterranean transformed the industry of large-scale church building. Through a mixed method of construction archaeology and comparative analysis, he examines the financial structures, building process, and technical specializations revealed by the written and material evidence of a single church. Williams has received a number of awards and fellowships to support his research, including a Phyllis W. G. Gordan/Lily Auchincloss/Samuel H. Kress Foundation pre-doctoral Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome (September 2016 – July 2018).

A long-term collaborator in the Wired! Lab at Duke, Williams uses various digital technologies in his dissertation, including a GIS (geographic information system) to trace patterns in the use of specific architectural techniques. As project manager of the Kingdom of Sicily Image Database, Williams has researched and edited information relevant to the historic images and buildings featured on the website, coordinated a student team to seek out relevant image collections in the United States, and organized institutional outreach, including a site visit to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Williams is currently training new collaborators in the use of the database and participating in the presentation of the website at conferences.


Introduction to Art History


The Alife Arch

The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Database

Publications & Presentations


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.


Williams, Joseph C. “Mediterranean Trade and Architectural Production: The Church of S. Corrado in Molfetta (Apulia) ca. 1100-1300 CE.” PhD dissertation, forthcoming.


Claire Woods

Associate Professor of Classical Studies
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Matthew Woodworth

Instructor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies


The Medieval Castle in Britain (First Year Seminar): Fortresses, Technology, and Power

The Medieval Castle in Britain (Special Topics)

Jimmy Zhang

Wired! Fellow
Class of 2017 | Major in Statistics and Computer Science

I currently work in project Visualizing Venice Virtual World as a research fellowship. My major job includes modeling churches, doing historical research.


Venice Virtual World