Some University of Alabama art history students offered passers-by a taste of medieval construction Friday morning on the Quad.

Students from several medieval art and art history classes demonstrated how designers and architects blended art and math in construction of famous cathedrals built in France.

Simple tools such as mallets, stakes, string and a mason’s square were all that was needed to lay the groundwork for such intricate construction, said Assistant Professor of Medieval Art Jennifer Feltman.


“Essentially if you had basic tools like sticks, string, and you could lay out a straight line, then you could lay out a cathedral plan,” she said. “This knowledge was passed from mason to mason through apprenticeship.”


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