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Ethan W. Lasser Receives Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award

We’d like to congratulate Ethan Lasser, Margaret S. Winthrop Associate Curator of American Art at the Harvard Art Museums, for being honored with the 2012 Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award. The Frost Award is presented annually to recognize the most distinguished essay published in American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s scholarly journal. Lasser’s article, “Selling Silver: The Business of Copley’s ‘Paul Revere,’” was published in the Fall 2012 issue (Vol. 26, No. 3).

The Smithsonian American Art Museum noted why jurors chose Lasser’s essay:

“Lasser makes a bold new argument about one of the most famous and beloved images in American art history. Through a masterful visual analysis, the author shows that, through complex visual metaphors and subtle cues of pose and costume, Copley invests the body of Paul Revere with allusions to all stages of the production of the teapot he holds, from silversmithing to heraldic engraving, painting Revere as a true embodiment of his work . . . Perhaps most importantly, he provides us with a powerful new model for understanding the connections between painting and the decorative arts.”

To learn more about the Frost Award, please visit the Smithsonian American Art Museums’s website.