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.
"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