Laura Shannon Prize Winner

Crow Restoration

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Year: 2018

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Restoration: The Fall of Napoleon in the Course of European Art, 1812-1820

by Thomas Crow

2020 Silver Medalist in Humanities

Jury Statement (Silver Medal)

This beautifully written and produced book opens new perspectives onto an eight-year period of political chaos through an examination of the lives of key artists and works of art. In new and often revelatory readings of the work of a dozen painters, some well-known and others less familiar to all but specialist readers, Thomas Crow subtly intertwines a number of seemingly contradictory historical trajectories — the fall of Napoleon, the European restoration, and even a tentative sense of liberatory progress. Lucid, engaging, and enlightening, this is a masterly, almost epigrammatic work by a historicist art historian at the top of his game.

Final Jury

Dudley Andrew
R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature
Yale University

JoAnn DellaNeva
Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and
Academic Director of Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway
University of Notre Dame

Lydia Goehr
Professor of Philosophy
Columbia University

Michael Jennings
Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages and Professor of German
Princeton University

Declan Kiberd
Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies
University of Notre Dame