Category Archives: Publications

Summaries of lists of new publications on medieval technology, science, and art

Year in Review: 2020

The unprecedented difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic meant the regretful, but necessary, cancellation of many AVISTA activities. In May, we successfully held our 2020 business meeting in a virtual format. Due to the cancellation of the ICMS in 2020, AVISTA has chosen the option to present our planned sessions at the 2021 congress. The 2021 Continue Reading

Launch of AVISTA Series with Brill

AVISTA is proud to announce our book series with Brill! AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science and Art. Editor-in-Chief: Jennifer M. Feltman, University of Alabama Editorial Board: Robert Bork, University of Iowa; George Brooks, Valencia College; Ellen Shortell, Massachusetts College of Art & Design; Sarah Thompson, Rochester Institute of Technology AVISTA Studies Continue Reading

Arts of the Medieval Cathedrals now available!

The ninth volume in the AVISTA series for Ashgate Press, Arts of the Medieval Cathedrals: Studies on Architecture, Stained Glass and Sculpture in Honor of Anne Prache, eds. Kathleen Nolan and Dany Sandron, is now available. Beautifully illustrated with 31 color and 126 black and white images, this volume emerged from several AVISTA sessions at Continue Reading

Abstracts: In Memoriam Carl F. Barnes, Jr. I: Villard de Honnecourt

In Memoriam Carl F. Barnes, Jr. I: Villard de Honnecourt Friday, May 9, 2014 Session 269 Presiding: George Brooks, Valencia College Vellum to Vectors: Computerized Analysis of Architectural Drawings Dr. Banu Pekol bpekol@gmail.com It has been known for some time that geometry and proportions were standard tools in the design and construction of medieval cathedrals. Continue Reading

Medieval Art and Architecture News, August 2014

Shows The Walters is running Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts through October 12th. The Cleveland Museum of Art is running The Netherlandish Miniature , 1260-1550 through December. Inspired by medieval Books of Hours, Spencer Fitch has created an installation for the Morgan Library that uses light and color to symbolize the passage of time. Through Continue Reading

Abstracts: In Memoriam Carl F. Barnes, Jr. II: Architecture

Carl F. Barnes, Jr. (1935-2012), was a founding member of AVISTA and a long-time friend and supporter to many of its members. Best known for his work on Villard de Honnecourt’s portfolio, Barnes was a historian of Gothic architecture who began his career with several groundbreaking publications on Soissons Cathedral. This session on Gothic architecture Continue Reading

Recent News in Medieval Art and Architecture

A roundup of recent items of interest: Shows “Radiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral at the Cloisters” will be ending May 18th.  The New York Times ran a very positive review, including a slideshow; check it out if you haven’t been able to get to New York. “Miracles in Miniature: The Art of the 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

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