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, Université de Paris-Sorbonne; PhD, Columbia University
- At Vassar since 2007
Research and Academic Interests
- 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
- “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.
In the Media
In Paris, Worn-Out Notre-Dame Needs a Makeover, and Hopes You Can Help
September 28, 2017. Andrew Tallon quoted in a New York Times story about the extensive renovations needed to save the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
New Imaging Techniques for Iconic Buildings
Under the auspices of the Ford Scholars Program, Karly Andreassen ’20 assisted Associate Prof. of Art Andrew Tallon in updating and enhancing his 360° images of cathedrals in Europe and exploring the use of 360°
Notre Dame Cathedral Is Crumbling. Who Will Help Save It?
Andrew Tallon was quoted in a Time magazine story about the repairs needed to save Notre-Dame Cathedral.
France reaches out to US donors to help repair Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral
Andrew Tallon, Associate Professor of Art, was mentioned in a France 24 story about urgent repairs needed at Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral.
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