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Caroline Bruzelius, Professor

Caroline BruzeliusSpecialization:

    Medieval Architecture & Sculpture, History of France & Italy
    Architectural History
    New Technologies for Visualizing Historical Materials

Research Interests:
    medieval architecture and urbanism; medieval sculpture; digital scholarship; engaged with integrating visualization technolgies into the teaching of historical materials ("Wired!" course)

Current projects:

    the architecture of the Franciscans and Dominicans, death and burial in the medieval city, Founder of Visualizing Venice, an online database and visualization project, Founder of Wired! Digital Technologies and Art History

Area of Interest: monastic architecture and planning
city planning
death and burial in the middle ages
mendicant architecture
digital technoloties

Caroline Bruzelius is the Anne M. Cogan Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. Her field of research is Gothic architecture, urbanism, and medieval sculpture in France and Italy. The is co-founder of Wired!, a group of faculty that integrate digital technologies (3Dmolding, laser scanning, interactive displays) into teaching and research. She founded Visualizing Venice, an international collaboration that models growth and change in Venice over time (the partner universities are Venice and Padua). Bruzelius received a Ph.D. from Yale University. She was awarded the Duke Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award in 1985. From 1994-1998, she served as the director of the American Academy in Rome. Her books include The Stones of Naples: Church Building in the Angevin Italy, 1266-1343 (Yale University Press, 2004), The Thirteenth Century Church at Saint Denis (Yale University Press, 1985), The Brummer Collection of Medieval Art at Duke University (1991), and The Architecture of the Cistercians in the Early Thirteenth Century; a new book on the impact of the Franciscans and Dominicans on the medieval city if forthcoming next year (Yale University Press). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


  • Ph.D. Yale University 1977
  • M.Phil. Yale University 1975
  • M.A. Yale University 1974
  • B.A. Wellesley College 1971

Contact Info:

Office Location:  114 S Buchanan Blvd, Art Dept., Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708-0766
Office Phone:   (919) 684-6798
Email Address:   c.bruzelius@duke.edu
Web Page:   http://www.visualizingvenice.org/

Office Hours:

By appointment: email me: c.bruzelius@duke.eduTeaching (Fall 2016):

  • Arthist 225.01, Gothic cathedrals Synopsis
    Perkins 088, MW 11:45 AM-12:35 PM
  • Arthist 225.01l, Gothic cathedrals Synopsis
    Perkins 072, F 11:45 AM-12:35 PM

Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Bruzelius, C. The Stones of Naples: Church Building in the Angevin Kingdom, 1266-1343. Yale University Press, London, (January, 2004). (in Italian as: Le Pietre di Napoli, 2005)
  2. Francesco Aceto, Paola Vitolo and Alessandra Periccioli-Saggese. Campania Gotica. Jaca Books, Milan, (2006).
  3. Bruzelius, C. "The Architectural Context of Santa Maria Donna Regina." The Church of Sta. Maria Donna Regina: Art, Iconography and Patronage in Fourteenth-Century Naples. Edited by Elliott, J; Warr, C.  (2004): 79-92. (a joint volume on the convent church)
  4. Bruzelius, CA; Goodson, C. "The Abbey in the Middle Ages." Walls and Memory. The Abbey of San Sebastiano at Alatri (Lazio) from Late Roman Monastery to Renaissance Villa and Beyond. Edited by Fentress, E; Goodson, CJ; Laird, ML; Leone, SC.  (2005): 72-113.
  5. Bruzelius, CA. "'Le pietre sono parole.' Charles II d'Anjou, Filippo Minutolo e la Cathedrale Angevine de Naples." Le monde des cathedrales, Paris Editions du Louvre  (2004).
  6. Bruzelius, C. "Art and crusade in the age of Saint Louis." Speculum  vol. 76 no. 3 (July, 2001): 813-815. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
I have collaborated with Venetian Universities for many years, and this past year (2010) initiated a project called Visualizing Venice, which will be a team-based project to create an historical database and website on the city of Venice. i have also worked since 2001 as organizer and convener of Summer Humanities Seminars in Venice. Our most recent collaborative seminar was on "Patrons, Merchants, Artists and their Spaces," in May and June, 2009. Graduate Research Training Program 2008, "Venice: Church and City in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance" http://www.duke.edu/web/art/announce/ChurchAndCity_list.pdf