Prof. Shelley Perlove honored with Roland H. Bainton Prize

Art history Prof. Shelley Perlove’s most recent book, Rembrandt’s Faith: Church and Temple in the Dutch Golden Age, recently won the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Art History.

The Bainton Prize for Art History is awarded yearly by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) to recognize the best book published in English during the preceding year in the field of art history from 1450-1660.

The book received the honor based on quality and originality of research, methodological skill and/or innovation, development of fresh and stimulating interpretations or insights, and literary quality, according to the SCSC website.

Perlove will accept the award during a special ceremony at the society’s annual conference in Montreal on Oct. 15.


Rembrandt’s Faith: Church and Temple in the Dutch Golden Age is a large study of Rembrandt’s religious works that Perlove co-authored with Larry Silver, professor of art history at the University of Pennsylvania.

The book has received other awards, too, including the Brown-Weiss Newberry Library Award for the most outstanding book in the Humanities in 2009 and the Kress Book Publication Award. It also was a finalist for the Morey Book Award of the College Art Association for the most distinguished book published in any language in art history in 2009.

Perlove is the author of five books and exhibition catalogues and more than 25 articles. Her book, Bernini and the Idealization of Death published by Penn State University Press, was recognized by the Gustav Alt Humanities Book Award.

For more information on Perlove’s scholarly work, visit her website,

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