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Eye and Mind
Collected Essays in Anglo-Saxon and Early Medieval Art by Robert Deshman

Edited by Adam S Cohen

Eye and Mind
Hardback, 370 pages £39.00
Published: 2010
ISBN: 9781580441216
Format: 255mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Art & Art History, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: Richard Rawlinson Center Series

Robert Deshman wove together a dense and tightly structured nexus of Early Christian, Carolingian, Anglo-Saxon, and Ottonian manuscript illuminations, ivories, textiles, mosaics, and wall paintings on the one hand, and contemporary exegetical, liturgical, and political writings on the other. In so doing, he ultimately demonstrated the intrinsic connections among visual culture, theology, philosophy, political theory, and ecclesiastic doctrine and practice. Although he used the word only once in his own writings, at the very end of his career, Deshman was truly an interdisciplinary scholar of the first order ... The thirteen articles collected in this volume were published between 1971 and 1997 (four posthumously) in six different journals and four edited books. Reprinting them is meant not only to make the articles more accessible but also to present a cohesive body of work (primarily on Anglo-Saxon art) that as a whole has yet to be surpassed or methodologically replaced in the scholarly literature.

Foreword by Herbert L. Kessler

Introduction by Adam S. Cohen

List of Illustrations


1. Anglo-Saxon Art: So What's New?

2. Anglo-Saxon Art After Alfred

3. The Galba Psalter: Pictures, Texts, and Context in an Early Medieval Prayerbook

4. The Leofric Missal and Tenth-Century English Art

5. The Imagery of the Living Ecclesia and the English Monastic Reform

6. Saint Swithun in Early Medieval Art

7. Benedictus Monarcha et Monachus : Early Medieval Ruler Theology and the Anglo-Saxon Reform

8. Christus Rex et Magi Reges : Kingship and Christology in Ottonian and Anglo-Saxon Art

9. Otto III and the Warmund Sacramentary: A Study in Political Theology

10. Antiquity and Empire in the Throne of Charles the Bald

11. The Exalted Servant: The Ruler Theology of the Prayerbook of Charles the Bald

12. Servants of the Mother of God in Byzantine and Medieval Art

13. Another Look at the Disappearing Christ: Corporeal and Spiritual Vision in Early Medieval Images


Index of Biblical Citations

Manuscript Index

General Index

Adam S. Cohen is a faculty member of the Department of Art History at the University of Toronto

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 370 pages
 255mm x 178mm

BIC Code:
  ART015070, HIS037010
 Medieval Institute Publications


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