Exchanging Views: The Viceroys of Naples and the Spanish Monarchy’s Image in the Baroque

Exchanging Views is an in-depth and well-organized historical research on the Viceroys of Naples, with a focus on their cultural and artistic patronage. The site is a resource for research and teaching on cross-cultural exchange in the early modern Mediterranean & on the Spanish monarchy between the 16th and 18th centuries. Exchanging Views is designed to be accessible and easy to navigate for undergraduates, and relevant across historical sub-fields. Produced jointly by the Universitat de Barcelona and the University “La Sapienza” in Rome.

Geschichte Venedigs


Auf unserer Website, die der Geschichte Venedigs und derjenigen Kanadas gewidmet ist. Sie sollte sowohl für Anfänger und Neugierige geeignet sein, als auch für diejenigen, die aus Reiselust oder aus beruflichem Interesse hier gelandet sind. Neben Darstellungen zu einem breiten Themenspektrum finden Sie hier fortlaufend ergänzte Bibliografien, vielfach mit der Möglichkeit einen Blick in die Publikationen zu werfen oder sie gleich zu erwerben

Italian Academies Database


The online interactive Database of Academies includes books published by Academies from 1525–1700 and people involved in Academies or in the publishing industry. It contains about 10,000 entries, in particular academicians, authors, contributors, dedicatees, printers, publishers, editors, illustrators, Academies’ emblems and lists of members, and lists of books published under their auspices. Each book is described through some 20 fields. Each person is searchable, as far as possible, according to dates, nationality, profession, gender, nickname in Academies, and their role in publications.

Early Modern Italy: A Comprehensive Bibliography in English and French


This ongoing work was conceived as an adjunct to the textbook The Origins of Early Modern Italy, 1550–1800 in order to place at the disposal of students and scholars the complete span of scholarship on Italy published in English and French. The material encompasses all aspects of political, social, economic, and cultural life in the broader Italy, including Corsica and Malta, and the mutual influence of Italy and other European countries. It contains an introduction and historiographical overview, supported by a statistical breakdown of types of studies over the last 150 years.

Drawings of the Florentine Painters

The Drawings of the Florentine Painters, a robust digital resource based on Berenson’s publication of the same name, allows users to search for nearly 4000 drawings by artist, title (i.e. subject, in English or Italian), location, and technique. Each entry includes key information from all three editions of Berenson’s text (1903, 1938 in English; 1961, in Italian), as well as the current location, an image of the catalog page, and plates included in 1903; most entries also have links to museum webpages, including images.

The Ghetto Mapping Project

The Ghetto Mapping Project

The Jewish History Program has recently launched the Ghetto Mapping Project, a research project whose aim is to reconstruct the economic and social fabric of the Florentine ghetto, the third oldest ghetto in the world. Grand Duke Cosimo I established the ghetto of Florence in 1570, near the area of Mercato Vecchio, in the very center of the Tuscan capital. While officially erected to gather all the Jews of the Grand Duchy under the aegis of Counter-Reformational tenets, the ghetto of Florence was in fact a product of a very well planned, private real-estate investment of the Medici family.

The Ghetto Mapping Project consists of three main parts:

1. The virtual reconstruction of all the spaces in ghetto, from its foundation in 1570 to its demolition in 1888. This will be executed by elaborating and combining together into a 3D model, architectural information gleaned from detailed and comparative surveys of the ghetto drafted for the Medici. In addition to this data, this project will also incorporate archival documents, paintings, watercolors, and archaeological surveys from other Florentine collections. The ghetto is probably the  most documented neighborhood of Florence. As such, this study will provide invaluable information to scholars working on any field related to the humanities. Moreover, as one of the first examples of a planned, semi-public housing project in modern Europe, this digital initiative will also be of primary  importance to architects, urban planners, and sociologists.

2. Ghetto economy. The ghetto was a Medici property. Therefore, the entire complex, its inhabitants, and anything housed within its premises was carefully described and recorded by Medici functionaries. From an archival and documentary standpoint, the ghetto was one of the most heavily controlled areas of the city. Despite the incredible wealth of available archival sources, the ghetto has ever been studied with specific economic-financial perspective. Medici administration produced, over a period of circa two centuries, hundreds of volumes pertaining to the ghetto, which provide us with an unprecedented quantity of economic and financial information.

3. Demography and history. Along with architectural and economic information, Medici documents offer one of the richest, most exhaustive,  and chronologically most extended set of Jewish demographic data. This corpus of archival material will allow us not only to determine  precisely how many Jews lived in the ghetto in any specific period of its history, but also to trace family ties and outline genealogical trees.