How Catholic Art Saved the Faith

How Catholic Art Saved the Faith

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Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
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This book, How Catholic Art Saved the Faith, is essential reading for anyone interested in 16th and 17th-century Catholic art. Written by Elizabeth Lev, this work covers how the Church responded to the contentious Reformation era by developing a new artistic voice that was designed to refute challenges posed by Protestantism.

Lev provides an engaging and educational overview of the works of renowned Counter-Reformation artists like Bernini, Caravaggio and Michelangelo, weaving a vivid tapestry of Catholic aesthetics. Discover how their creations were crafted to deliver Truth on a deeper spiritual level - with beauty as its messenger. Understand how these masterworks served as key tools in combating aggressive critiques levied against Catholicism 500 years ago.

Filled with historical insight and aesthetic analysis - serious yet accessible enough for any reader - this book is sure to serve as a fascinating journey through Catholic creativity during one of the most turbulent periods in Church history. By exploring How Catholic Art Saved the Faith, you’ll gain greater insight into these enduring works ... shortening the distance between that distant past and today’s vibrant faith.

Editorial Reviews

"Lev's text sheds light on the most influential development in Western sacred art after the Franciscan revolution of the late Middle Ages, helping modern readers re-connect with the dynamism of Catholic culture in the early modern era. " --Msgr. Timothy Verdon, Director, Florence Cathedral Museum (Italy)

"This is a work not only about beauty but of beauty. It will captivate those who love art, love the faith, love great writing or love all three." --
Fr. Roger J. Landry,  Author, National Chaplain, Catholic Voices USA
 
"Liz Lev so brilliantly connects art and faith that you will experience every painting, statue and church in a deeper, emotionally powerful and spiritually fulfilling way. " -- Newt Gingrich
 
"A treat for the eye and the soul. " -- Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
 
"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

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