Thursday, 31 July 2008

Villard de Honnecourt

Villard de Honnecourt, (born c. 1225, Picardy, France — died c. 1250) was a French architect. He is remembered mainly for the sketchbook he compiled while travelling in search of work as a master mason. The book contains sketches and writings concerning architectural practices of the time. He includes sections on technical procedures and mechanical devices, as well as notes on the buildings and monuments he had seen, offering insights into the variety of interests and work of the 13th-century master mason and providing an explanation for the spread of Gothic architecture in Europe. This page from his his surviving portfolio of 33 sheets containing about 250 drawings from about the 1230s, which is in the Bibliotheque National, Paris (MS Fr 19093), shows a pelican in her piety, a curious looking owl and a magpie?

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