Brandon LeVon Cook

Brandon LeVon Cook


Year Matriculated into Ph.D. Program


Areas of Interest

History of Art; Intellectual History; Gothic figural sculpture; Medieval France and Italy; Scholasticism; Reception of Byzantium in the Latin West


Yale University, BA in Linguistics (ES, 2007); University of Wisconsin, Madison, MA in Art History (2010); University of Notre Dame, Master of Medieval Studies (2012)


Brandon L. Cook is a medievalist interested in interactions between the visual arts – especially, figural sculpture – and intellectual currents in France and Italy in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. His dissertation, entitled "Gothic Aesthetics: Medieval Theories of Sculpture in Thirteenth-Century France", explores how several theologians responded to the proliferation of figural sculpture in northern France in the thirteenth century through the analysis of architectural sculpture, small-sculpture, and theological commentaries produced in thirteenth-century Paris. His advisor is Michael Schreffler.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • Dolores Zohrab Leibmann Fellow (2013-2016)
  • Nanovic Institute for European Studies Graduate Travel and Research Grant, University of Notre Dame (2014, 2012)
  • Presidential Fellow, University of Notre Dame (2010-2015)
  • “‘Imagines in Ecclesiis’: Bonaventure’s Defense of Sculpture in Thirteenth-Century France”, Paper delivered for “Antitheta quae sententiae pulchritudinem faciunt” (Isidore): Contrasts in Medieval Texts and Images at The 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, May 12-15, 2016
  • “‘They Have Eyes, but Will Not See; Ears, but Will Hear Nothing’: Augustine’s Critique of Sculpture in Late Antiquity”, paper delivered for Deep unto Deep: Exploring Mystery, Human and Divine at The Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference. Villanova University, October 18-20, 2013

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