Catz Fellow Wins Book Award

Catz Fellow Wins Book Award

Gervase Rosser, Fellow and Tutor in the History of Art, has won the 2014 Art & Christian Enquiry Mercers’ Book Award for his book Spectacular Miracles: Transforming Images in Italy from the Renaissance to the Present (2013, Reaktion Books).

Co-authored with Jane Garnett, Fellow and Tutor in History at Wadham College, the book examines an enduring Western belief in the supernatural power of images – for example the belief that a statue or painting of the Madonna can fly through the air, speak, weep or produce miraculous cures.

The book was selected from a distinguished shortlist, and by a fascinating panel of judges. One of these judges, Frances Spalding, said that the book made her look at the world with new eyes. In Gervase’s words: 'That indeed had been our hope.'

The ACE Mercers’ Book Award is awarded for a book which makes an outstanding contribution to the dialogue between religious faith and the visual arts. It is the only literary prize in the world for a publication that notably advances a public understanding of the relationship between the visual arts and religious experience, beliefs and practice.