Caroline Bruzelius

Co-PI, The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database | Director Emerita, Wired! Lab | Anne M. Cogan Professor Emerita 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.

Recently, Bruzelius was featured in an open online course, A voice of their own: Women’s Spirituality in the Middle Ages, part of the research project Paisajes Espirituales funded by the ERC:





Gothic Cathedrals

Introduction to Art History

The Mendicant Revolution

The Museum Inside Out 



Alife Arch App


The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Database

The Lives of Things

Sta. Chiara Choir Screen

Visualizing Venice

Publications & 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.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Digital Technologies and New Evidence in Architectural History.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 76, no. 4 (2017): 436-439.

Bruzelius, Caroline and Paola Vitolo. “Recovering the Architectural Patrimony of South Italy: The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database.” In Archeologia e Calcolatori Supplemento 10 (2018): 15-28.

Bruzelius, Caroline et al. “L’eco delle pietre: History, Modeling, and GPR as Tools in Reconstructing the Choir Screen at Sta. Chiara in Naples.” In Archeologia e Calcolatori Supplemento 10 (2018): 81-103.

Bruzelius, Caroline and Paola Vitolo. “The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database.” Visual Resources (2019) DOI:


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. “Visualizing Venice: The Story of a City Through Maps and Models,” Save Venice Boston, Boston, MA. February 6, 2018.

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

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.

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.


News & Events

Bruzelius to speak at Save Venice Boston

Caroline Bruzelius Elected to the American Philosophical Society

Caroline Bruzelius Receives Dean’s Award for Leadership

The Cathedral in the DiVE: Animating Medieval Architecture

The Lives Of Things Color Projection Exhibit Unveiled at the Nasher

LIVESTREAM: Prof. Bruzelius at National Gallery of Art

MA+S Rendezvous: Wired! Full Immersion: Neatline and the Digital Syllabus

Monastic Architecture & The City

Renaissance Society of America 2014

Sta. Chiara Team in Barcelona

Talking About Teaching in New (Digital) Times

Transforming Art History in the Digital Revolution

Visualizing Venice: The City and the Lagoon

Wired! at CAA 2016

Wired! Goes Down Under