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2015 Berger Prize for British Art History: James Barry’s Murals

Posted in books by Editor on January 14, 2016

Congratulations to Bill Pressly!

9781782051084-2On December 7, William Pressly was awarded the 2015 William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History for his book James Barry’s Murals at the Royal Society of Arts: Envisioning a New Public Art (Cork University Press). The book demonstrates that Barry’s RSA paintings contain a hidden meaning that has gone undetected for 230 years. The pictures offer in the heart of the London establishment a glorification of the Roman Catholic Church. The artist’s creation of a complex, mythic narrative establishes him as the mentor of William Blake, whose approach to art owes a profound debt to the Irishman’s example.

Other titles relevant to the eighteenth century on the short list included:

• Ruth Guilding, Owning the Past: Why the English collected Antique Sculpture, 1640–1840 (Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)

• Jane Munro, Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish (Yale University Press in Association with the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)

• Malcolm Baker, The Marble Index: Roubiliac and Sculptural Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)

The complete list, including the long list is available here»

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