Art professor wins international recognition for book
Sebastian Schutze, a professor in the Department of Art and the Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art, has won a prestigious award for his book on the art patronage of Cardinal Maffeo Barberini.
One of the most prestigious prizes in its field, the Premio Daria Borghese was founded in 1965 and is awarded annually to a book dedicated to Rome and its central role in the development of European history, art and culture.
Professor Schutze won for Kardinal Maffeo Barberini und die Entstehung des romischen Hochbarock, published in 2007.
Barberini was elected Pope Urban VIII in 1623 and can be described as the most important papal patron in 17th-century Rome. He discovered artists such as Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini and Pietro da Cortona, and was instrumental in creating the baroque style that soon spread all over Europe.
Professor Schutze received his award on May 17 at the Palazzo Borghese in Rome. Former nominees include classical philologist Pierre Grimal (Sorbonne), historian Wolfgang Reinhard (Freiburg), and archeologist Carl Nylander (Stockholm) as well as renowned art historians such as Jacques Thuillier (College de France), James Ackermann (Harvard), Irving Lavin (Princeton), Christoph Luitpold Frommel (Bibliotheca Hertziana), Joseph Connors (Harvard), and Jennifer Montagu (Warburg Institute).