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The Berger Prize is
the leading book prize for art history.

THE 2024 JURY

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JONNY YARKER PhD (Chair)

Jonny Yarker has been a Berger Prize assessor for the last six years and in 2024 takes over as chair of the assessors, following the retirement of Robin Simon. Jonny’s gallery, Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd., has an international reputation as specialist dealers in British art. In addition, Jonny is active as a scholar publishing extensively on eighteenth-century British art and the Grand Tour. Jonny holds a number of trusteeships and sits on the Acceptance in Lieu Panel.

ANGELICA DANEO

Angelica Daneo is Chief Curator, and Curator of European Art Before 1900, at the Denver Art Museum. She curated Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum and was the organizing curator of Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance (2016), in collaboration with the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice, Italy, whose catalogue she also co-wrote. She was co-curator of Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature (2019/20) and author of the accompanying catalogue. She was previously at Saint Louis Art Museum and has taught at the University of Denver and the Saint Louis University. She graduated in the Humanities (Lettere e Filosofia) with a specialization in History of Art Criticism at the University of Torino in Italy.

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KATE HEARD

Dr Kate Heard is Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and from 2005 until 2022 was Deputy Editor of the Journal of the History of Collections. Her publications include High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson, Maria Merian’s Butterflies and Holbein at the Tudor Court as well as essays on print collecting and late medieval embroidery in England.

CLARE HORNSBY PhD FSA

Clare Hornsby is Chairwoman of The Walpole Society. An art and architectural historian specialising in the 18th century in Britain, Italy and France, she has published on the Grand Tour, the antiquities market, collecting and display of antiquities and on the connections between Rome and Britain in architectural practice and antiquarianism. She is Research Fellow at the British School at Rome and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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JULIA MARCIARI-ALEXANDER PhD

Dr Marciari-Alexander is a scholar of British art and history, with a focus on 17th century visual art and culture in Britain and France. After more than a decade at the Yale Center for British Art, she was Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at the San Diego Museum of Art from 2008 to 2013. Since then, Dr Marciari-Alexander has served as Executive Director & CEO of the Walters Art Museum. In addition, she is President of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Art Museum Directors (for art museums in North America and Mexico). She earned her BA in art history and French at Wellesley College, her MA in French at NYU and her MA and PhD in the history of art at Yale University.

PROFESSOR ALEXANDER MARR FSA

Alexander Marr FSA is Professor of Renaissance and Early Modern Art at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity Hall. His work is mainly concerned with the relationship of art to literary and scientific cultures. His most recent book is Rubens’s Spirit: From Ingenuity to Genius (2021) and he is currently preparing another, Holbein’s Wit, for publication. In addition to being a Trustee of the Walpole Society he is President of the Leonardo da Vinci Society, which supports the study of art and science from the Renaissance to today.

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Thomas Jones (1742-1803)

View on the River Wye, circa 1776 [detail]

Oil on board, 45.7 x 60.1 cm

Denver Art Museum (2019.14), gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

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