Project Consortium Awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

(May 8, 2024)

Washington & Lee University's The Columns 

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.

Bent, Sidney Gause Childress Professor of the Arts; Pfaff, senior academic technologist and director of the IQ Center; and Brooks, associate professor and digital humanities librarian, lead the ongoing project “Florence As It Was (FLAW),” which will provide the visual materials for “Florence Illuminated.” The other project collaborators will contribute archival information in the form of census records, home inventories, funeral and burial proceedings and family chronicles.

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