Program

Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Period of Performance

9/1/2024 - 8/31/2026

Funding Totals

$349,969.00 (approved)
$349,969.00 (awarded)


Florence Illuminated: Visualizing the History of Art, Architecture, and Society

FAIN: PW-296829-24

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Niall Atkinson (Project Director: July 2023 to present)
Anne Conyers Leader (Co Project Director: April 2024 to present)

A project to build a platform that would bring together data from five digital humanities projects focused on the cultural history of late medieval and early modern Florence.

Florence Illuminated, a free online research platform, will be a repeatable model that resolves the redundancies of digital humanities projects on similar topics to offer a streamlined way to share research and build on it. The resulting website will be an extensible platform for data integration and digital collaboration that maintains the autonomy of participating collections. This proof of concept will produce a dataset drawn from five projects on Florentine cultural history to illuminate the city’s social and material infrastructure, one of the most dynamic urban phenomena of early modern Europe. Our platform will allow collaborative exploration of the city’s cultural phenomena—not as a series of discrete well-known artworks, buildings, or elite individuals, but as a comprehensive aggregate of diverse people, groups, spaces, and objects that all contributed to the city’s growth and diversification—on a scale unprecedented in scholarship on Renaissance Florence.



Media Coverage

Project Consortium Awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Brian Laubscher
Publication: The Columns
Date: 5/8/2024
Abstract: Write up in W&L campus newsletter. "George Bent, David Pfaff and Mackenzie Brooks from Washington and Lee University are part of a consortium that was selected by The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to receive one of the organization’s Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) grant. The consortium, headquartered at the University of Chicago’s Department of Art History, received $349,969 in total to fund a humanities project titled “Florence Illuminated: Visualizing the History of Art, Architecture and Society.” The project seeks to build a platform that will bring together data from five individual digital humanities projects focused on the cultural history of late medieval and early modern Florence...."
URL: https://columns.wlu.edu/project-consortium-awarded-a-national-endowment-for-the-humanities-grant/