Elizabeth Lev: How Catholic Art Saved the Faith
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of St. John Paul II’s Letter to Artists
Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 7PM
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s seminal Letter to Artists with two lively evenings that examine the intersection of faith and art.
Rome-based art historian Dr. Elizabeth Lev, will discuss her book How Catholic Art Saved the Faith.
More than 500 years after the Reformation, Elizabeth Lev shows how the Catholic Church responded to this turbulent age by finding an artistic voice to proclaim Truth through beauty. Exploring the works of Bernini, Caravaggio, Michelangelo and countless other Counter-Reformation artists, Dr. Lev shows how Catholic art in the 16th and 17th centuries was designed to confront challenges raised by the Reformation with soothing and persuasive voice of art.
“Elizabeth Lev is one of the foremost art historians and experts on the city of Rome. In How Catholic Art Saved the Faith, she skillfully shows how one of the most effective responses to the Protestant Reformation was not argument, but art. The splendid works of Catholic art are not just beautiful; they also evangelize and bring us closer to Jesus by revealing truth. In this insightful and compelling book, you will come away with an even greater appreciation for the way in which the art of the Catholic Reformation not only responded to a difficult challenge, but also deepened the faith of countless generations of Catholics, up until today.” – Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
“In a series of finely crafted and absorbing essays, Elizabeth Lev actually demonstrates how, at a crucial moment in the Church’s history, artists used paintbrush and chisel to proclaim the Gospel. This book will be extremely helpful for catechists, teachers, preachers, and I daresay, for artists themselves. ” – Bishop Robert Barron
“A treat for the eye and the soul” – Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
“This book will captivate those who love art, the Faith, and great writing.” – Father Roger J. Landry, Catholic Voices USA