In this talk, Professor Caroline Astrid Bruzelius presents experiments and digital collaborations that ask questions about works of art and the built environment.



Caroline is a founder of the Wired! group, a project that looks at how mapping and modelling technologies, as well as databases and interactive museum displays, can transform our understanding of things, places and spaces. In this public lecture she will show some examples of how digital tools enable us to map and model growth and change in cities (Visualizing Venice), reconstruct lost or transformed buildings and urban environments (Digital Athens), create virtual collections (The Kingdom of Sicily Image Database), and invent interactive museum displays that can engage the public with fragments from the past.

Caroline will talk about creating a bridge between traditional art historical approaches and the capacities of digital technologies, using the Wired! group’s commitment to integrating digital tools with teaching and training as an example.

This Power Lecture was a keynote address for the Recasting the Question symposium. It took place on 5 November 2015 as part of the Sydney Ideas program at the University of Sydney.


Caroline Astrid Bruzelius is the AM Cogan Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University and a founder of Visualizing Venice and Wired!. She has published widely on architecture and sculpture in medieval France and Italy. Her books include Preaching, Building and Burying: Friars in the Medieval City, published in 2014 by Yale University Press; The Stones of Naples: Church Building in the Angevin Kingdom 1266–1343 (2004; Italian edition 2005); Medieval Naples: An Architectural and Urban History (2011); The Thirteenth-Century Church at St. Denis (1985); The Brummer Collection of Medieval Art in the Duke University Museum of Art (1991) and Cistercian High Gothic: Longpont and the Architecture of the Cistercian Order in the Thirteenth Century (1979; French edition 1984).

From 1994 to 1998 Bruzelius was Director of the American Academy in Rome. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Association, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the National Humanities Center and the Fulbright Foundation. She has also received the Duke University Alumni Teaching Award.