The Medieval Sketchbook of Villard de Honnecourt (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) by Villard de Honnecourt
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Overview: Little is known of Villard de Honnecourt, apart from the fact that his Sketchbook is one of the most treasured documents in art history. Active in the early part of the thirteenth century, the French artist produced remarkably accurate representations of diverse subjects that interested him: religious figures; insects, birds, dogs, and humans; architecture, including details from the cathedrals at Chartres, Rheims, and Laon; church furnishings; and mechanical devices. His technique–for the period–was fairly complex, especially when drawing the contours of draped clothing.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History