Mapping Stereotomy

Chapel ceiling


Mapping Stereotomy is a database dedicated to stereotomy, the art of cutting stones into particular shapes for the construction of vaulted structures. Stereotomy is best known for the variety of acrobatic masterpieces produced in early modern France and Spain. Yet the art is neither early modern nor European; it has been practiced over a wide temporal span, from Hellenistic Greece to contemporary Apulia, and across a broad geographical area, centered on the Mediterranean Basin but reaching far beyond—from Cairo to Gloucester and from Yerevan to Braga. Mapping Stereotomy consolidates and visualizes information on stereotomic vaults from antiquity through early modernity, with the aim of furthering and broadening research in the fields of construction techniques and Mediterranean studies.

Text from Wired! Lab Projects Page

People Involved With The Project

  • Kristin L. Huffman, Lecturing Fellow, Art, Art History & Visual Studies (Co-Primary Investigator)
  • Sara Galletti, Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History (Co-Primary Investigator)