AVISTA was saddened to hear of the passing of Carl F. Barnes, Jr. in the summer of 2012.  As a small token of our esteem for him and his work on Villard de Honnecourt, AVISTA has taken over his extensive web pages and will house them here.  The original pages can be found at

fallenapostleThe Portfolio of
Villard de Honnecourt

pages by Carl F. Barnes, Jr.

This site brings together a variety of information concerning the portfolio of thirty-three leaves of drawings and recipes (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS Fr 19093) of the 13th-century Picard artist Villard de Honnecourt, including several of my articles on the portfolio and an in-progress revision of my critical bibliography, Villard de Honnecourt, the Artist and His Drawings (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1982).

This is a large undertaking and must be broken into subheadings to be useful.

Site Created and maintained by Dr. Carl F. Barnes, Jr., Rochester Hills, MI until  10 November 2011.
Since may 2013 the site is now hosted by AVISTA and maintained by George Brooks, Valencia College.

  • “Barnes maintains the canonical pages on Villard de Honnecourt” —AVISTA
  • “Barnes is the undisputed authority on this enigmatic figure” —WIKIPEDIA
  • “Le site internet de Barnes … est un instrument de travail indispensable” —Jean Wirth, Université de Genève
  • “Barnes has become synonymous with Villard Studies” — Nancy Wu, The Cloisters
  • “Carl Barnes is the Doyen of Villard Studies in the English-speaking world, perhaps the world over” —Paul Crossley, Courtauld Institute of Art 



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