The Kingdom of Sicily image database

Journal Article (Review)

The Kingdom of Sicily Image Database uses new media technologies to reframe our understanding of medieval Europe by focusing on the role of the built environment for the formation of state identity in the medieval Kingdom of Sicily ruled by Norman, Swabian, Angevin and Aragonese dynasties (950-1420). The theme is important for two reasons: the significance of South Italy as a prototype of multicultural state formation and the highly fragmentary (war bombardment, earthquakes, urban transformation) state of the sites that played a central role in the power structures of this new state. A comprehensive database of historical images of monuments and cities (prints, drawings, maps, photographs, etc.) made by scholars, artists and travellers from the 15 th to the 20 th centuries, can enable scholars and the public to recover the appearance of the landscape, of cities, and of individual monuments prior to radical renovations or destructions. An interdisciplinary research team is conducting a systematic survey and critical cataloguing of images dispersed in the archives, museums and libraries of Italy, Europe and US.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bruzelius, C; Vitolo, P

Published Date

  • January 1, 2016

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 107 - 130

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2385-1953

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1120-6861

Citation Source

  • Scopus