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Villard de Honnecourt

Edited by Tom Devonshire Jones, Linda Murray and Peter Murray

in The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art & Architecture

Second edition

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199680276
Published online November 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744419
Villard de Honnecourt

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was a 13th-century mason, draughtsman, and possibly sculptor, from N. France (Honnecourt is near Cambrai). He compiled a sketchbook (Paris, BN) probably in the late 1220s, which is the only such medieval text of its kind to survive. It illustrates masons' workshop constructional practices, traditional principles of applied geometry, mechanical devices for surveying, measuring, stone-cutting, war machines, schematic diagrams for designing human and animal figures, a lion described as ‘drawn from life’ which is still a purely heraldic figure, portraits, figures which may be designs for portal sculpture, as well as drawings from ...

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