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.


Courses

Wired!

The Museum Inside Out


Projects

Aphrodisias

Building Duke

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

Delos

Statues Speak


Publications & Presentations

Articles

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.

Dissertation

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

Presentations

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.

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.


Projects

The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database


Publications & Presentations

Bruzelius, Caroline, William Broom, and John Taormina. “The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database Project: From Conceptual Design to Management,” Digital Matters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC, April 6-7, 2018.

Beth Fischer

Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities, Williams College Museum of Art

Beth Fischer received her PhD in art history from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2018. She is the Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the Williams College Museum of Art, where she works on WCMA’s Digital Project to promote museum collections as an accessible resource for teaching, research, and creative expression.

Beth teaches on topics in art history, especially medieval studies, as well as data science and the digital humanities. Her current research interests include premodern spatial representation and the relationships between manuscripts and their material, visual, and cultural environments.


Projects

Visualizing Objects, Places, and Spaces: Digital Project Handbook

Francesco Gangemi

Postdoctoral Researcher, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck Institut

Francesco Gangemi is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Max-Planck Institut. He was trained both as art historian and as archivist, and received a Ph.D. in History of Medieval Art from the Sapienza University of Rome. He has been awarded Postdoctoral Fellowships from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, and from the Italian Academy at Columbia University in New York. He also worked as Academic Assistant at the Bibliotheca HertzianaMax-Planck Institute for Art History, in Rome.

Francesco specializes in medieval architecture and sculpture in central and southern Italy. His recent projects focus on the relationship between the Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen and sacred architecture, especially in the Adriatic area, and on the post-disaster landscape of cultural heritage, with special reference to the built environment affected by the recent earthquakes in central Italy.


Projects

The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database

Michael O’Sullivan

Research Assistant, The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database
Class of 2017 | Major in Psychology

Michael O’Sullivan is from Garden City, NY. He attended Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY and earned a degree in Psychology from Duke in 2017. He is working on the Kingdom of Sicily database researching world war II photography of monuments from southern Italy.

 



Projects

The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database

Timothy Shea

PhD Candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies
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Timothy Shea is a PhD student in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies. His interests include Classical Attic funerary sculpture, interactions between different peoples in colonial and urban contexts, ancient urban development, and communal dining practices in ritual, civic, and domestic contexts. He has done archaeological fieldwork in Athens, Crete, and Sicily and always looks to incorporate archaeological fieldwork and the visualization of material retrieved in fieldwork in his research. He is currently working on the Digital Athens Project in the Wired! Lab.


Projects

Digital Athens


Publications & Presentations

Book Chapters

Dillon, Sheila, and Timothy Shea. “Statues as Artifacts: Towards an Archaeology of Greek Sculpture.” Greek Art In Context: Archaeological and Art Historical Perspective. Routledge, 2017. 19-29.

Presentations

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.


News & Events

Alumni Lectures: Thought Forms & Fictive Funerary Landscapes

Mariano Tepper

Postdoctoral Associate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University

Mariano Tepper received the Ph.D. degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011, the M.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics from the ENS Cachan, France in 2007, and the Licentiate degree in Computer Science from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 2006. From 2011 to 2012 he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Minnesota, USA, and he currently is a postdoctoral associate at Duke University, USA. His research interests include image processing and analysis, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, optimization, and network analysis, and their application to medicine, social sciences, and art.


Projects

The Lives of Things

David Tremmel

Analyst, IT - Administrative Database Services, Trinity Technology Services

David Tremmel is a database and web developer in Trinity Technology Services, the Information Technology (IT) support unit for Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke. While his formal training is in the biological sciences (PhD in Plant Ecology), he has always had an interest in and aptitude for computer programming. As a postdoc at Duke he developed a popular piece of research software used to analyze images of plant roots. After working in the sciences for many years at Duke – where he managed the Duke University Phytotron, which was at that time an NSF-funded national research facility – he moved into a career in IT. In his current role he develops databases and web sites for faculty and staff in Arts & Sciences. In addition to working on database projects to facilitate administrative workflows, he has also provided database and web solutions for faculty research projects in several A&S departments, including Biology, Music, and Romance Languages. His initial involvement with Wired! projects was as the database and web developer for Caroline Bruzelius’s project on architecture in the Medieval Kingdom of Sicily.


Projects

The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database

Paola Vitolo

Co-PI, The Medieval Kingdom of Italy Image Database | Assistant Professor, History of Medieval Art, University "Federico II" of Naples

Paola Vitolo is Researcher and Assistant Professor in the History of Medieval Art at the University “Federico II” of Naples (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.


Projects

The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database

Joseph Williams

PhD in Art, Art History & Visual Studies '17
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In addition to serving as the Project Manager of the Kingdom of Sicily Image Database, Joseph Williams is an assistant professor of architectural history in the University of Maryland Architecture Program. Williams specializes in the architecture of medieval South Italy and the greater Mediterranean. His research concerns the economics of church building during the medieval trade boom, the pan-Mediterranean exchange of building techniques, and the role of construction process in medieval design. These themes are central to Williams’s forthcoming book Architecture of Disjuncture: Mediterranean Trade and Cathedral Building in a New Diocese (11th-13th Centuries CE). This monograph on the “Duomo Vecchio” (old cathedral) of Molfetta offers a method for studying buildings that, by necessity, adopted hybrid and changing designs. Williams incorporates a variety of digital technologies into his research and teaching, such as digital photogrammetry, parametric 3-D modeling, and GIS mapping.

Williams holds a Ph.D. in Art, Art History & Visual Studies from Duke University and was awarded a Rome Prize in Medieval Studies from the American Academy in Rome (September 2016 – July 2018).


Courses

Introduction to Art History


Projects

The Alife Arch

The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Database


Publications & Presentations

Database

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.

Dissertation

Williams, Joseph C. “Mediterranean Trade and Architectural Production: The Church of S. Corrado in Molfetta (Apulia) ca. 1100-1300 CE.” PhD dissertation, 2017.

 


News & Events

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