Category Archives: Lectures

Notice of interesting lectures given at conferences or in other media, typically with video/audio

An Introduction to the Mechanical Arts in the Middle Ages

©1991; REVISED, 1993; WEB VERSION 2003; REFORMATTED AND LIGHTLY EDITED 2014. Originally presented at the International Congress for Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, in 1993. This introduction is meant to be neither ground-breaking nor earth shattering; rather I plan to present the mechanical arts as they stood in medieval intellectual thought. The following papers in this Continue Reading

Scholastic Interpretations of Architectural Dynamics

Powerpoint Slides (as a PDF)

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