Recent News in the Field

This section summarizes recent events and headlines in the field and will be updated at the end of each month; links to these events and headlines will appear in the last EMA Newsletter of the month.  If you would like to propose a topic for this section, please email us.

MARCH 2017

Digital Reconstruction of 16th-Century Edinburgh

  • Using a 1544 drawing, researchers at the University of St. Andrews have reconstructed digitally the appearance of mid-16th-century Edinburgh.  For more details and the reconstruction, click here.

British Scholars Seek to Recover Early Modern Interiors Bought by American Billionaires

  • Leading British art and architectural historians Sir Roy Strong and John Harris are calling for a return of early modern UK furnishings and interiors bought by William Randolph Hearst and other late nineteenth- and early 20th-century American billionaires.  For more details, click here.

Upcoming Digital Reconstruction of 16th- and 17th-Century Versailles

  • A team of scholars and students at the French ETIS laboratory have been working for three years to reconstruct Versailles digitally from 16th- and 17th-century drawings at the Archives nationales and are about to complete their reconstruction.  For more details, click here.


Digital Reconstruction of Heidelberg Castle

  • Julian Hanschke (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) has reconstructed digitally the now destroyed Heidelberg Castle as it would have appeared in 1683.  For more details, click here.

Rebuilding of Georgian Temple of Bacchus at Painshill Landscape Garden

  • Painshill, a renowned English 18th-century garden visited by Thomas Jefferson and others, will have its Temple of Bacchus rebuilt by July 2017.  For more details, click here.

3-D Digital Reconstruction of the Huygenshuis

  • The now destroyed Huygenshuis, designed by Jacob van Campen for the poet and composer Constantijn Huygens in the Hague, has been reconstructed digitally in three dimensions.  For images, click here.


Obituary of James S. Ackerman

  • James S. Ackerman, the renowned American architectural historian, passed away in late December.  For an obituary, click here.

Whitechapel Bell Foundry to Move or Close in London

  • Dating back to the 15th century and still occupying its 18th-century building in London, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry will either vacate its building or close this coming May.  For more details, click here.

New Illumination for S. Maria presso S. Satiro in Milan

  • New lighting has been installed in S. Maria presso S. Satiro, the Milanese church containing Donato Bramante’s perspectivally illusionistic apse.  For more details, click here.