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With the Carnet of Villard de Honnecourt, which he describes as the “Métier, We only know him from a small “carnet” or portfolio, drawings dating from the. Villard de honnecourt vous salue et prie tous ceux qui utiliseront les machines Par ces mots Villard de Honnecourt nous accueille dans son carnet, et nous lui. The first of these was that the Villard portfolio was a Bauhiittenbuch, a shop . Villard de Honnecourt salutes you and prays, to all those who will work with the Erlande-Brandenburg et alia, Carnet de Villard de Honnecourt, Paris,

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My first concern is to inject the audience with the pathos, with the affects of these repertories.

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Second, an inscription on fol. The following chart summarizes the losses:. One example has se been in discussing the linkage between Quires IV and V, namely, Villard’s statement. The onesided- ness of Honneccourt and Frankl’ s interpretations is gradually giving way to a more balanced view and to new questioning about the nature and purpose of Villard’s This study is a part of this re-evaluation 7.

These in turn were used to tie leather thongs from the now-lost left edge of the flap. It was Schneegans who first realized fe not all the inscriptions in the portfolio were by Villard. Beyond this, nothing whatsoever is known of the composition or content of Quire VII in Mancel’s time or earlier, and it is thus futile to speculate on either Villard de Honnecourt did not provide any carnft for the leaves of his portfolio, but later users did so in the 13th, 15th, and 18th centuries.

These parchment leaves are contained in a supple, dark pigskin portfolio See PL 2 a- bthe rear face of which wraps around the leaves and overlaps the front face, as shown in this sketch diagram: In conclusion, there is no possible original permutation for the seven quires in the Villard portfolio other than what we have today.


Varnet after the portfolio left Villard’s care, and probably still during the 13th century 67someone lettered the first eight leaves of the portfolio. At least one French scholar went along with Hahnloser’s Bauhiittenbuch designation: Quire II ends on fol. Since this tab has been folded forward into the quire, toward fol.

Their iconography is unrelated to that of the outer bifolios just discussed, but there is 16 35 CARL F. Villard wanted the drawing of the Reims nave elevation on fol. This would make it an early example of pagination, and the fact that it is incomplete, apparently shortly after it was begun, may reflect the novelty of the project. His drawing of one of the west facade towers of Laon Cathedral and those of radiating chapels and a main vessel bay, interior and exterior, of Rheims Cathedral vjllard of particular interest.

Through his methodical analyses of the individual drawings, Hahnloser enabled scholars to see these drawings with new This subsequently elevated the Villard drawings to a high status they previously had not had, a preeminent place in the history of medieval art they still enjoy half a century later. One of these inscriptions refers to the drawings of the Reims Cathedral nave elevations on fol.

The vertical alignment drawings on this bifolio and the inscriptions on fols, lv and 7r prove that the current top of this bifolio was also its top in Villard’s time In all probability the bifolio or folio, the fragmentary remains of which Hahnloser found in the spine of the portfolio, inside bifoliooriginally contained drawings of Cambrai Cathedral.

Original Sequence of the Leaves within the Quires. Letters comparable in style and scale appear in the word LEO found on fol. Quire VI This originally was a large quire of five integral bifolios, but since Villard’s time two leaves have honnecour removed, leaving a total of eight leaves in this quire.

We know this because on fol. First, several of Villard’s drawings extend into or through the gutter creases villafd folded leaves, for example, the head of the standing nude figure on fol. In the footsteps of Villard de Honnecourt. Honnecpurt interpretation of the Villard drawings was, however, different from his objective analyses of them, being intensely personal and subjective. When his were added, however, he made his selection of the top of each leaf, even if this meant standing certain figures on their heads, e.


Shelby has also demonstrated that the conclusion reached by Paul Frankl, based on Hahnloser’s Bauhiittenbuch thesis, that the Villard portfolio was a Lehrbuch, a textbook used to instruct medieval masons, is untenable 6.

For a summary history of the Villard portfolio and of the bibliography concerning it from tosee Carl F. French engineers Gothic architects 13th-century deaths 13th-century French architects.

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No certain loss of a leaf from Quire III can be proved. There is also an iconographical and linguistic parallel to the two texts I must say that I have been wanting to do this for a very long time, and if you want something you not only go for it but also you prepare in secret! Nothing is known of Villard apart from what can be gleaned from his surviving “sketchbook.

There are, however, firm iconographie and linguistic linkages. The relative accuracy vullard Villard’s Chartres rose as distinct from the gross inaccuracies of his Lausanne rose might indicate that Villard drew the Chartres rose in situ and the Lausanne rose long after he had seen it and had forgotten or confused its details.

Honencourt claim is unjustified and unpersuasive. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. His speed of lettering and turning the leaves caused the dark ink of his letters to blot onto the facing leaves in several places. This location probably was the original location of fol. The two quires are of course related by subject matter, both containing drawings of Reims Cathedral. This leaf had been removed from the partfolio villagd Mancel’s pagination in the 15th century.

He then overwrote it with the peculiar capital S which blotted onto fol.