Carnet de Villard de Honnecourt. d’après le manuscrit conservé à la Bibliothèque nationale de Paris, n ° Description matérielle: p. dont 66 p. de pl. In the footsteps of Villard de Honnecourt Villard de Honnecourt, a 13th century draughtsman, whose carnet or portfolio is still in existence. Review of Alain Erlande-Brandenburg et alia, Carnet de Villard de Honnecourt, in Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Sciences, vol.

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Quire IV is a precious document because it is exactly the way Villard left it and proves decisively that not all quires originally were the same size.

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Third, Villard frequently employed drypoint guidelines and pinprick guideholes in making preliminary and finished drawings, especially his architectural drawings 17and in no instance does a leaf now adjacent to another leaf with such lines or holes show any trace of matching indentations or punctures.

Pagination in the Portfolio [link] Appendix II: It might be supposed that once Villard had gotten the leaves into the order of his preference, he would have lettered or numbered these leaves for easy reference by those who would use his livre, or as a guide to the sequence in which the quires should be stitched into the portfolio. Matthew from Villard’s Tetramorph fol. Second, Hahnloser’s thesis that the portfolio was a is not supported by our analysis. It proves the reality of complex climates of affective experience.

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There are, however, firm iconographie and linguistic linkages. Both employ Arabic numerals and provide a straightforward numbering of the leaves from 1 through The relative accuracy of Villard’s Chartres rose as distinct from the gross inaccuracies of his Lausanne rose carnwt 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.


Of course there were local styles, but they were all the time refreshed and contaminated by new singers from different places.

To summarize, Villard’s Quire I originally consisted of either three bifolios and one folio, or of four bifolios. Quire V begins on fol.

You may view this DjVu file here online. A complete 13th- century lettering of the leaves would have given us specific information on the number and locations of leaves lost before the 15th century. In the footsteps of Villard de Honnecourt.

Carl F. Barnes, Jr. Publications on Villard de Honnecourt

Because the drawings and captions are oriented in many different directions, the album appears ke have been assembled in an ad hoc fashion, as if the individual sheets were not originally intended to be bound together into book form. Quire VII has lost more leaves than any other quire in the portfolio.

It thus appears that Villard may have gotten as far as cutting slits in the folios and bifolios for stitching, but for some unknown reason did not see the job through to completion. In sum, our reconstruction of Villard’s part in turning his portfolio into a livre is that he gathered the leaves into quires, organized the quires in sequence, and added or caused them to be added to certain leaves ; but he probably did not see the quires sewn together and stitched into the portfolio.

The significance of this is that any attempt to reconstruct what Villard thought he was doing has to be based on what he actually did, not on claims that the portfolio has been shuffled from the way he left it.

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This is confirmed by Villard’s inscription on fol. The fact that historical repertories still have a meaning that goes beyond their actual performance makes it even more interesting and thrilling.


In a technical sense, the portfolio never became a bound book; it remains a portfolio into which parchment leaves have been stitched, as described above. This leaf was therefore always the first leaf of this quire. Shelby have argued that this view is insupportable 5. With the singers I will be endeavouring to make our debut at Cuenca a real ecstatic experience for the public.

The onesided- ness of Villarrd 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.

We know nothing whatsoever. Quire VI This originally was a large quire of five integral bifolios, but since Villard’s time two leaves have been removed, leaving a total of eight leaves in this quire. At least one French scholar went along hohnecourt Hahnloser’s Bauhiittenbuch designation: The further significance of this quire is that its constitution, like that of Quire Honnecouet, proves that Villard did not organize all of his leaves into uniform and large quires.

The Villard ls is approximately These leaves vary in height and width, but they fall within a range of cm tall by cm wide This particular inscription is post- Villard, written by so-called Master III later in the 13th century 44but an inscription by Villard on fol. The following chart summarizes the losses:.