Ithaca, NY—The curators of Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings, Andrew C. Weislogel and Andaleeb Badiee Banta, were presented with the College Art Association’s 2019 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Book Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions for the exhibition’s catalogue at the CAA’s 107th Annual Conference convocation, held on February 13 in New York City.

A jury of five, after selecting Lines of Inquiry from a group of four finalists, wrote:

"This exhibition catalogue offers a fresh perspective on Rembrandt as a printmaker. The authors’ multidisciplinary approach combines art historical and technical studies seamlessly in what will likely provide a model for future projects. The essays are scholarly and cover a range of topics that expand our understanding of one of the most renown artists in the history of Western art. While one essay recounts the history of collecting Rembrandt’s prints among American academic museums, another tells tell the fascinating story of the ‘secret sanctuary’ provided by the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College in safekeeping the Morgan Library’s Rembrandt prints during World War II. An international team comprising a curator, a professor of engineering, computer scientists, scientific researchers, and students joined forces to create WIRE: Watermark Identification in Rembrandt’s Etchings. This project at Cornell University explored and identified the watermarks on Rembrandt’s prints included in the exhibition and is an ongoing initiative that will make a significant contribution to print scholarship and Rembrandt studies, among other fields. In addition to the essays, the catalogue is richly illustrated with the prints included in the exhibition, sometimes in more than one state, as well as radiographs of their watermarks. The scope of this catalogue is impressive and includes a glossary of terms, provenance history, and a full bibliography to provide the most updated information for scholars and students of Rembrandt, while still remaining accessible to nonspecialists."

Lines of Inquiry had previously been awarded the 2018 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogs of Distinction in the Arts, in addition to receiving an honorable mention for the 2018 International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) 2018 book award.

Jointly organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University and the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings was published in 2017 to accompany the exhibition of the same name, cocurated by Weislogel and Banta. The WIRE project is supported in part by a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The catalogue was designed by Mo Viele in Ithaca and printed at Midstate Printing (QMC Group) in Liverpool, New York.

Andrew C. Weislogel (left) is the Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47 Curator of Earlier European and American Art at the Johnson Museum. He holds a BA in Medieval Studies from Hamilton College and an MA and PhD in Italian and French Renaissance art from Cornell. He has served on the staff of the Johnson Museum since 1999. Andaleeb Badiee Banta (right) is senior curator and department head of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art. She was previously the curator of European and American art at the Allen Museum, and holds an MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Additional contributors to the catalogue were Stephanie Wiles, former Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Johnson Museum; Andria Derstine, the John G. W. Cowles Director of the Allen Museum; and Brittany R. R. Rubin, print room curatorial assistant at the Johnson.

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