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Pilgrim badge casting demo rescheduled for 2018 Congress

Those of you that were at Kalamazoo 2017 may remember that the pilgrim badge casting demonstration by Darrel Markewitz that was partly sponsored by AVISTA had to be cancelled when he was denied entry into the US by the border guards.  Sadly, he will be unable to join us again this next year (and maybe Continue Reading

Kalamazoo 2014

For the upcoming 49th ICMS, AVISTA is pleased to have the following sessions in the works: In Memoriam Carl F. Barnes, Jr. I: Villard de Honnecourt Organizer: George Brooks, Valencia College Presider: Michael Davis, Mount Holyoke College Speaker 1: “Carl Barnes and Villard de Honnecourt: a 50-year voyage of discovery,” William W. Clark, Queens College and Continue Reading

Scholastic Interpretations of Architectural Dynamics

What Did They Know and When did They Know It? Scholastic Interpretations of Architectural Dynamics. by Thomas Boothby and Steven Walton Presented at the AVISTA session at Kalamazoo, May 2006. Intro [slide[1]]  Exploring medieval architecture is largely the domain of art and architectural historians, and historians of science have rarely looked into the field.  If, Continue Reading

Viollet-le-Duc and Villard de Honnecourt

Viollet-le-Duc and Villard de Honnecourt Carl F. Barnes, Jr. Presented at the College Art Association, Atlanta, 19 February 2005. Good afternoon. (01) The first facsimile edition of the portfolio of drawings of Villard de Honnecourt was published in Paris in 1858. The text was by the architect Jean-Baptiste Antoine Lassus, best known for restoring the Continue Reading

Villard de Honnecourt: Dilettante or Architect?

Villard de Honnecourt: Dilettante or Architect? By Carl F. Barnes, Jr. Presented at the Society of Architectural Historians, Los Angeles 3 February 1977. Most historians of medieval architecture have long agreed that Villard de Honnecourt was a 13th-century French master mason. One exception was the late Robert Branner, who speculated that Villard may not have Continue Reading

Local media coverage of the iron smelting

Iron bloom being consolidated

The Kalamazoo Gazette set a reporter to the iron smelting demo on Saturday and a number of media reports resulted: “Medieval smelting demonstration at WMU brings the heat, despite wind and rain“ Iron Smelting Demonstration (photos) Gallery: Iron Smelting Demonstration We had a great turnout of over 100 people, despite the cold front and squall Continue Reading

Review of Barnes, Portfolio [Isis 2011]

A review by Wesley M. Stevens of Carl Barnes’ book on Villard’s Portfolio appeared in the September 2011 issue of Isis, the journal of the History of Science Society.  Stevens praises the book, calling it, “a very thorough and systematic analysis of a book…. The work is excellent.”.  Read the full review in the PDF here: StevensOnBarnes(Isis).

AFJ 5.2 (Spring 1991)

Table of Contents Page Call to Arms 1 From the Editor: News 2 Call for Papers 4 From the President 5 Reviews of Articles Recent Villard Studies 5 Medieval Technology 7 Medieval Economics 9 Notes and Queries 11 News from Members and Affiliated Societies 11 Recent and Forthcoming Papers 13 Activities…Past, Present, Future 17 Annual Continue Reading

AFJ 5.1 (Fall 1990)

Table of Contents From the Editor: Power Games 1 Call for Papers 4 AVISTA Sessions at Kalamazoo, May 1991 4 AVISTA Sessions 1986-1992 5 From the President 5 Reviews of Articles An Unfinished Lintel, Villard, The Shroud of Turin 6 Abstracts: AVISTA Sessions 12 Abstracts: 24th Annual Meeting of MESA 15 News from Members and Continue Reading

AFJ 4.2 (Spring 1990)

Table of Contents  Page From the Editor: The Technology of Symbols 1 Call for Papers – AVISTA Sessions at Kalamazoo, May 1991 3 Program – AVISTA Sessions May 1990 4 Abstracts – AVISTA Sessions May 1990 4 Notes and Queries 6 Exhibition Reviews 7 Reviews of Articles Economics/Technology/Money/Alchemy 8 Sculpture, Architecture , Villard 11 Recent Continue Reading

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