About the Project Directors

Caroline Bruzelius (Ph.D., Yale University) teaches medieval architecture, urbanism and sculpture in France and Italy at Duke University. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Society of Antiquaries, London. From 2004 to 2008 she served as Director of the American Academy in Rome, where she was a Fellow and a Resident. She has received numerous grants and awards, including the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. She recently published Preaching, Building and Burying: Friars in the Medieval City (Yale University Press, 2014). Her book on Naples, The Stones of Naples: Church Building in the Angevin Kingdom, was published in 2004 (Italian ed., 2005) and The Thirteenth Century Church at Saint-Denis, in 1986. For more information, visit her online list of publications and her university homepage.

In addition to the Kingdom of Sicily Image Database, Bruzelius is a founder of several important Digital Humanities initiatives: the Wired! Group at Duke University; and Visualizing Venice with IUAV University in Venice and the University of Padua. Both initiatives integrate digital technologies with teaching and research, with a special focus on modeling and mapping change over time in buildings and cities. She has helped establish Digital Humanities workshops in visualization technologies at Duke University and at Venice International University.

Paola Vitolo (Ph.D., University "Federico II" in Naples) is Assistant Professor (Ricercatrice and Professore Aggregato) at the University of "Federico II" in Naples (formerly at the University of Catania, 2010-2017) (Italy). Her field of specialization is medieval art and patronage in the Angevin and Aragonese Kingdom of Sicily, with special emphasis on relations between the late medieval European courts. Her research includes: the monuments and symbols of the visual and architectural representation of power; female patronage; the reuse and reinterpretation of medieval works of art; the social status of medieval artists; and the organization of medieval workshops. Her research is based on the analysis of textual and figural documentation, including the study of historic images of monuments and cities. She has published the drawings, watercolors and prints of Neapolitan artists and the German artist Johann Anton Ramboux (published in "Il Medioevo napoletano nei taccuini di Johann Anton Ramboux", Prospettiva, 119-120 [2005/2007], pp. 127-144).

Vitolo received her Ph.D. in 2007 with a dissertation on the Incoronata in Naples and the patronage of Queen Joanna I of Naples (La chiesa della Regina. Giovanna I d'Angiò, l'Incoronata di Napoli e Roberto di Oderisio, Roma Viella, 2008). She has been awarded fellowships and travel grants from various institutions, including the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Gesellschaf für Kunstgeschichte), Rome; The Warburg Institute, London; and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. Her research has been published in specialized journals and has been presented at conferences and seminars in Italy and abroad. A list of her publications can be found here.

William Tronzo (Ph.D., Harvard) teaches art history at the University of California, San Diego and is a member of the Collegio dei Docenti del Dottorato di Ricerca in the Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre. He co-directs a research project on the Medieval Mediterranean at the American Academy in Rome funded by the Getty Foundation. The recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, he has held research appointments at the American Academy in Rome, Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Bibliotheca Hertziana, the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, the Huntington, the Clark Art Institute and the Stanford Humanities Center. He has published extensively on the art and architecture of the Mediterranean from Late Antiquity through the early Renaissance, as well as on problems of theory and method and historiographic issues such as the persistence of Antiquity and the afterlife of the Early Christian tradition in Rome. His dissertation on fourth-century Roman painting was a College Art Association Monograph and his studies on medieval Rome have appeared in the publications of Dumbarton Oaks, the National Gallery of Art, the Centro Italiano di Studi sull'Alto Medioevo, Spoleto, and the University of Parma. His monograph on the Cappella Palatina of Palermo advanced a radical interpretation of the edifice as the result of two planning projects with divergent aims. It signaled an interest in the hybrid culture of the Italian South, which has continued in his scholarship in studies of Neapolitan urbanism, the court of Frederick II and Arab and Norman Palermo. Another focus of his research is the historical landscape, as social network and mediator of images. He received the David R. Coffin award from the Foundation for Landscape Studies for his most recent book, Petrarch's two gardens: landscape and the image of movement, published in 2014 with Italica Press New York.