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Andrew Tallon Associate Professor of Art

Andrew Tallon teaches medieval art, architecture and pre-modern acoustics. He received a PhD from Columbia University with distinction, MA from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, and BA with highest honors from Princeton University. His second book (in progress) is entitled The Structure of Gothic. His first, Notre-Dame de Paris, was coauthored in French with Dany Sandron and published in 2013; an English edition is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press. His research is featured in an Emmy-nominated PBS | Nova production, Building the Great Cathedrals, which has been aired nationally since 2010, the Arte documentary Les cathédrales dévoilées, which first aired in Europe in 2011, in a 2013 edition of Des racines et des ailes on France 3, and on National Geographic as part of the Innovators series. Tallon is a director of the International Center of Medieval Art and of AVISTA.

  • BA, Princeton University; MA, Universit√© de Paris-Sorbonne; PhD, Columbia University
  • At Vassar since 2007


Research and Academic Interests

  • Pre-Modern Acoustics


  • ART 221. The Art of Faith: Sacred Objects of the Middle Ages
  • ART 318. Object of Devotion, Object of Display: Exhibiting Sacred Art in Secular Space

Selected Publications

  • “La Perpendicularitéé de la Cathédrale de Bourges, Enjeu de la Perfection Architecturale”, Bulletin Monumental 174 no. 4, 2016
  • “Sens et Contresens: la Structure de la Cathédrale de Sens”, in 850 Ans de la Cathédrale de Sens, ed. Jean-Luc Dauphin and Lydwine Saulnier-Pernuit, Sens: Société Archéologique de Sens, 2017, 49-77.
  • “Gothic Structure,” in The Cambridge History of Religious Architecture of the World, ed. Richard Etlin (New York: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming.
  • “Acoustics at the Intersection of Architecture and Music: the Caveau Phonocamptique”“ of Noyon Cathedral”, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 75 no. 3, September (2016), 263-280.
  • “L’espace acoustique de l’abbatiale de Saint-Germain-des-Prés”, in Saint-Germain des Prés. Mille ans d’une abbaye à Paris, eds. Roland Recht and Michel Zink, Paris: Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, 2015, 135-148.
  • “The Play of Daniel at Beauvais Cathedral”, in Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound, ed. Susan Boynton and Diane J. Reilly, Turnhout: Brepols, 2015, 205-220.
  • With Brian Katz and Bart Postma, “Calibrated Auralization Simulation of the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés for Historical Study”, in Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Auditorium Acoustics, Paris, 29-31 October 2015, St. Albans, England: Institute of Acoustics, 2015, 190-197.
  • “Teaching Medieval Architecture in the Information Age”, International Medieval Society News, April 2015, 10-12.
  • “The Refinement of Bryn Athyn Cathedral”, Glencairn Museum News, July 2014.
  • “Vieilles Pierres, Nouvelle Lumière”, Arts Sacrés, hors-série no. 6 (2014), 38-39.
  • “Divining Proportions in the Information Age”, Architectural Histories 2, no. 1 (2014).
  • “La Structure de la Cathédrale de Chartres”, in La Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres: Matériaux et Techniques de Construction, ed. Arnaud Timbert (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes), 2014, 239-57.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards

Research funding includes a grant from the Samuel Kress Foundation for a study of the cathedral of Bourges and a five-year grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation for the web-based project Mapping Gothic.


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