Nicola (Nick) Camerlenghi

Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Art History
Digital Humanities Fellow, Villa I Tatti (Harvard)

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; the history of gastronomy. 

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Professor Camerlenghi also 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.


"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.

“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).

Speaking engagements

Upcoming Talks:

"Visualizing Complexity: Practices and Heuristics of Digital Models in Art History," Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome, Dec 10-11, 2020.

Recent Talks:

Demo of "The Virtual Basilica" at Beyond Zoom: XR for Teaching and Research in the COVID Era. Virtual conference organized by Dartmouth College and University of Pennsylvania. August 7, 2020.

"Building the Virtual Basilica of St. Paul," Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Feb. 18, 2020.

"Corpus Cosmatorum Workgroup," Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Jan. 28, 2020. 

3-D Modeling and GIS Mapping of the Roman Medieval Towers and Bell Towers" 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2019

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)

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

Research Collaborator for Corpus Cosmatorum II: 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)

Virtual Nolli 2.0 (a collaborative revamping and republication of the digital Nolli map first published through the University of Oregon in 2005)

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) Version 1.0 available here.