About Dr Nicholas Eckstein

Dr Nicholas Eckstein is a Cassamarca Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies. His research interests include: Social and cultural history of Late-Medieval, Renaissance and Early-Modern Italy, especially Florence; Neighbourhood and social interaction; popular religion and lay devotion; daily life; urban culture and the social context of art.

Dr Eckstein's current project is the Anatomy and Physiology of Renaissance Florence: The Dynamics of Social Change in the Fiftennth Century. This project subjects the greatest source of social, economic and urban data on Renaissance Florence – the tax censuses called the Catasto – to serial analysis over the momentous period of the city’s fifteenth-century development. The study incorporates the dynamic of change and also integrates quantitative with ethnographic analysis. This combination aims to produce a history that exposes the structural evolution of central Florence in the sweeping terms of a major statistical analysis, but which also narrates subtle cultural developments and nuances in an ethnographic key

Nick previously lectured in history at Monash University and the University of Melbourne. In 1998-1999 he was the Deborah Loeb Brice Fellow in the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, Florence. He was Robert Lehmann Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti in 2003, and again in 2006.

He has been awarded a number of research grants, including an ARC Small Grant (1999); an ARC Large Grant (2001-2003); and two ARC Discovery Grants (2005-06; 2008-2010). Nick is the recipient of two Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Initiatives Award (2001, 2003) and a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award (2004)

For more details see: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/history/staff/profiles/eckstein.shtml

Selected publications

Books
"Painted Glories": Reflections of Renaissance Florence in the Brancacci Chapel (New Haven and London, Yale University Press, forthcoming 2013)

The District of the Green Dragon: Neighbourhood Life and Social Change in Renaissance Florence
(Florence, National Institute for Renaissance Studies: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 1995)

Sociability and its Discontents: Civil Society, Social Capital and their Alternatives in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. Nicholas A. Eckstein and Nicholas Terpstra (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2009).

The Brancacci Chapel: Form, Function and Setting, ed. Nicholas Eckstein, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, vol. 22 (Florence: Leo S. Olschki Editore,2007).


Book Chapters
With Nicholas Terpstra: “Sociability and its Discontents,” in Sociability and its Discontents: Civil Society, Social Capital, and their Alternatives in Late-Medieval and Early-Modern Europe, ed. Nicholas Eckstein and Nicholas Terpstra (Turnhout: Brepols, 2009), 1-20.

“Pittori, amici e vicini: the Formal and Informal Bonds of Community amongst Florentine Artists,” in Sociability and its Discontents: Civil Society, Social Capital, and their Alternatives in Late-Medieval and Early-Modern Europe, ed. Nicholas Eckstein and Nicholas Terpstra (Turnhout: Brepols, 2009), 109-128

“The Brancacci Chapel: New Questions, Hypotheses and Interpretations,” in The Brancacci Chapel: Form, Function and Setting. Acts of an International Conference, Florence, Villa I Tatti, 6 June 2003, ed. Nicholas A. Eckstein, Villa I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, vol. 22 (Florence: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 2007), 1-13.

“The Brancacci, the Chapel, and the Mythic History of San Frediano,” The Brancacci Chapel: Form, Function and Setting. Acts of an International Conference, Florence, Villa I Tatti, 6 June 2003, ed. Nicholas A. Eckstein, Villa I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, vol. 22 (Florence: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 2007), 15-36.

“The Neighbourhood as Microcosm of the Social Order”, Renaissance Florence: A Social History, edited by J. Paoletti and R. Crum, (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 219-239.