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Graph: Societies and Academies

Giovanna Ceserani , April 2017

The data visualizations below were created using the Palladio application developed at Stanford. The embedded visualizations are Palladio Bricks. Palladio is freely available to use at and the source code is available on GitHub here.

You will find an explanation of the visualization at the bottom of the page.


This graph shows the affiliations of architects to various societies and academies. The lines connect individual architects to four types of academy and society: “British Artists Societies,” “British Learned Societies,” “Italian Artists Societies,” “Other National Societies.” You can see the names of all institutions that are included in these categories in the “Societies and Academies by Name” filter underneath the graph. (Note that all the architects for whom we do not have this information are grouped together under a blank heading). You can interact with the graph by way of the filters beneath it. For example, if you select Robert Adam, you will see in the graph that he was affiliated with “British Learned Societies,” “British Artists Societies” and “Italian Artists Academies,” as well as, in the filter below, his specific societal and academic affiliations. If you select “British Artists Societies,” you will see that twenty-six architects were affiliated to this type of society and academy, and that none of these architects were amateurs, while if you look at those affiliated with “British Learned Societies,” you will see that six out of nineteen were amateurs, and that three out of these six traveled to Italy more than once. For explanation of dimensions, see the Data Schema.

See the project Schema page for data viewer, the data schema, and a link to the data files.

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Cite as

Giovanna Ceserani. (April 2017). Interactive Visualization for British Architects on the Grand Tour in eighteenth-century Italy. Graph: Societies and Academies [Created using Palladio,].