Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art


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Yale University Press
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8.2 X 0.8 X 10.2 inches | 2.15 pounds
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About the Author

Benjamin Anderson is associate professor in the Department of History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University.


"Anderson should be commended for his ambitious and refreshing approach.... Well organized and clear in its thesis, Anderson's book is a strong contribution."--Dorothy Hoogland Verkerk,
"Cosmos and Community is a welcome and thought-provoking study, a significant addition to the vast literature on the subject."--Steven H. Wander, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Cosmos and Community is a thoughtful and thought-provoking study.... Anderson's willingness to cross so many evidential and academic boundaries is refreshing as well as enlightening."--Dennis Trout, Classical Journal

"There is no doubt about [the book's] originality, and the interest of the argument is nicely balanced by the attractiveness of the images."--Charles Burnett, West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture
Winner of the College Art Association's 2018 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award
Winner of the the 2020 Karen Gould Prize in Art History, sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America
"Anderson has a serious achievement here: tightly focused and deeply learned, Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art will set a new course, providing new pivots for our arguments."--Glenn Peers, The University of Texas at Austin
"Benjamin Anderson provides a richly textured sense of the degree to which aspects of princely exclusivity and scholarly community associated with this art depended on each other. No existing study attempts to explain the differences between the cosmological art of these three cultural spheres in such a thoughtful way."--Persis Berlekamp, The University of Chicago