Cunning Geometry: The Designing of Medieval Churches

Michael Davis,

Art

Lester Senechal,

Mathematics

Index | Article: "Scenes from a Design:The Plan of Saint-Urbain, Troyes"

This module appears in courses in art history and in an interdisciplinary humanities course. It explores the geometric schemata that informed the architectural designs of medieval churches, some of this era's most complex and imposing structures. Through physical simulation and other investigations, students discover the ways in which medieval theories of optimal geometric form shaped the aesthetics of design in general and the plans of churches in particular.

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