Nicola Camerlenghi

Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Architectural History

Professor Camerlenghi's interests include early Christian and medieval architecture with a particular focus on the city of Rome; the diffusion and cultural significance of domes in the area around the medieval Mediterranean; the interplay between nature and architecture. He is particularly invested in approaching these topics through digital tools, such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, GIS Mapping, 3D Modeling, Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning. 

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Nick Camerlenghi teaches seminars and topic courses on medieval architecture around the Mediterranean and the department's foreign study program in Rome.

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205 Carpenter Hall
HB 6033
Art History
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
B.A. Yale University
S.M.Arch.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.A. and Ph.D. Princeton University

Selected Publications

St. Paul’s Outside the Walls: A Roman Basilica, from Antiquity to the Modern Era, Cambridge University Press, 2018.
      Olof Brandt, Rivista di Archeologia Cristiana 95 (2019), 475-481.
      Michele Luigi Vescovi, Journal of the British Archaeological Association 172 (2019) - Issue 1.
      Kordula Wolf, Kunstforum 20 (2019), No. 9.
      Julian Gardner, Burlington Magazine, vol. 161, num. 1399 (2019), 877-878.
      Hugo Brandenburg, Römischische Quartlaschrift, vol. 114, n. 3/4 (2020), 248-274.
      William Tronzo, Speculum, vol. 95, n. 3 (2020), 810-811.
      Joseph Connors, Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 73, n. 1 (2020), 219-220.
      Dale Kinney, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 80, n.4 (2021), 478-480.

Virtual Nolli 2.0 (Funded in part by the Neukom Institute, Dartmouth College)

"The Millennial Gap in Dome Construction in Rome," in Gesta 58, no. 2 (2019): 103-35.

“Just How Long are the Lives of Medieval Buildings? Framing Spatio-temporalities in the Study of the Built World” in The Long Lives of Medieval Art and Architecture, ed. Jennifer Feltman and Sarah Thompson (New York: Routledge Press, 2019), 17-30.
         Elizabeth Carson Pastan, The Medieval Review, 21.09.12

“Learning from Rome: Making Sense of Complex Builtscapes in the Digital Age,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 77 (2018): 256-66. Co-authored with Georg Schelbert.

“Liturgical Revolution at the Basilica of S. Paolo Fuori le Mura (1560-1610),” in Monuments & Memory, Christian Cult Buildings and Constructions of the Past, Mariëtte Verhoeven et al. eds. (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016), 329-336

"Terroir and Architecture," in At Table: Dialogues on Food and Architecture, ed. by Samantha Martin-McAuliffe (London: Berg, 2016), 23-41.

"Splitting the Core: The Twelfth-Century Transverse Wall at the Basilica of San Paolo in Rome." Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, vol. 58 (2013).

"The Longue Durée and the Life of Buildings," in New Approaches to Medieval Architecture, ed. by Robert Bork et al. (Burlington: Ashgate, 2011).

          Caroline Bruzelius, The Medieval Review, 12.03.25

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Speaking engagements

Upcoming Talks:

Online book launch for Alison Perchuk, The Medieval Monastery of Saint Elijah: A History in Paint and Stone. Friday Feb. 25 at 2PM ET

"New Affordances of Digital Visualization and Simulation in the Arts of Italy" at Renaissance Society of America Conference (Dublin), Co-organizer and respondent. April, 2022.

Keynote speaker at 6th International Society for Intermedial Studies Conference, Trinity College, Dublin (September 1-2-3, 2022)

Recent Talks:

"The Virtual Basilica of St. Paul in Rome as a Humanistic Tool," at Visualising Digital Humanities Conference @ STUDIOTEC, September 7, 2021.

"Riflessioni sulle Ricostruzioni Digitali nello Studio di Storia dell'Arte Medievale: Il Caso della Basilica di San Paolo," Università La Sapienza, Roma, June 10, 2021.

"Mapping Medieval Rome," Research Seminar, BIbliotheca Hertziana, Rome, May 27, 2021.

"The Intermediality of Virtual Reality and its Application to Visualization and Analysis: Case Studies from the Architecture of Romeat (Italian) Media Studies Today" Conference, The Ohio State University, May 6-7, 2021.

"Towering over Rome: 3D Mapping the City’s Network of Surveillance and Power" in "Digital Approaches to Mapping and 3D Modelling of Medieval and Renaissance Urban Environments in the Mediterranean Area" session & Participant in "Linking projects: Beyond LOD – Interconnections of Digital Projects with Digital Infrastructure" Roundtable session, Renaissance Society of America Conference, Dublin, April 15 & 20, 2021.

Conversazioni/Conversations "The City of Rome: Urban Infrastructure and Urban Form from Medieval to Early Modern Times." with Pamela O. Long, American Academy in Rome,  April 13, 2021.

"Visualizing Complexities: Practices and Heuristics of Digital Models in Art History," Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome, Dec 10-11, 2020. (Co-organizer and speaker)

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Works in progress

Towering over Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Rome: 3D Mapping the City’s Network of Surveillance and Power (Digital Humanities Fellow, Villa I Tatti, Florence, January-June 2021)

The Virtual Basilica Project, 2.0 (an annotated, diachronic and dynamic VR experience of the Basilica of St. Paul in Rome before the fire of 1823) (Funded by an NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication). Version 1.0 available here.

Research Collaborator for Corpus Cosmatorum: The Churches of the City or Rome in the Middle Ages, 1050-1300. Project based at Università della Svizzera Italiana and Universität Zürich.

Augmented Dartmouth and Eyenotes (Download AR interface for culture objects on campus) (Funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Office of the Provost, and the Leslie Center of Dartmouth College)

“A Framework for the Study of Early Medieval Domes in Italy.”

"Visualizing Complexities: Practices and Heuristics of Digital Models in Art History," co-editor of a digital conference proceedings, through the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome