Associate professor of art Andrew Tallon has spent nearly a decade analyzing numerous Gothic cathedrals in France from nearly every conceivable angle, using laser scans and three-dimensional, panoramic photographs to increase understanding of these buildings and Gothic architectural history more broadly.
Earlier this year Tallon began his first related U.S.-based project at the Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital, and it just gained an extensive feature article in the Washington Post (published online on August 13, 2014 and in print on August 17).
Tallon and several Vassar student assistants have logged countless kilometers traveling through hundreds of French towns, villages, and cities to explore and document key Gothic buildings of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, most recently including Notre-Dame of Paris. Read more about this research at http://vq.vassar.edu/issues/2013/03/humanizing-technology/being-there.html.
With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Tallon and Stephen Murray, a professor of medieval art history at Columbia University, have also developed the web-borne project Mapping Gothic France which has grown to become one of the most important online resources for the study of Gothic architecture.
See further information about Andrew Tallon's work at http://www.gothicstructure.org/