William Broom, Caroline Bruzelius, Michael O’Sullivan, John Taormina, David Tremmel, Joseph Williams
2011 - present
This is a geo-referenced database of historic images (15th-early 20th centuries) of the medieval monuments and cities of the historic Kingdom of Sicily, in south Italy. We are collecting and cataloguing images from museums, libraries, archives and publications that illustrate monuments that have been heavily affected by urban expansion, earthquakes, wars (especially the aerial bombardment of WWII), and restoration. The database is organized topographically by location.
Our purpose is to make the tens of thousands of images produced by travelers and scholars (often as part of the Grand Tour experience), now dispersed in hundreds of collections worldwide, available to the public for research and study. The project has been supported between 2011 and 2014 by a Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has also been supported by Duke University and the Hertziana Library.
This initiative is directed by Caroline Bruzelius and William Tronzo, with Paola Vitolo (the University of Catania) as the Project Manager. A team of Italian scholars has collaborated in the research, and work is proceeding at Duke with the help of Joseph Williams, a doctoral candidate in the History of Art.