January 26, 2018

The "Divine Creatures" exhibit at the Vatican Museums shows us the beauty and dignity inherent in all human beings

For almost 500 years, Protestants and Catholics have had a tug-of-war over the great artist  and his work.

A visit to the Piazza Navona brings Bernini's glorious image of Christian globalization: the light of Truth, spread to the four corners of the world.

The discovery of catacombs with frescoes and relics of incorruptible martyrs gave irrefutable testimony of the Church's history

When the first priest came to Korea from China, in 1795, he found a land already evangelized by lay people.

The art world produced its first celebrated female painters here, commissioned and supported by the Church. 

Counter-reformation artists like Caravaggio encouraged the faithful with ever more fervor to turn to Mary in times of need.

Artists of the Counter-Reformation bring home the Church's complex and difficult teachings on the Virgin Mary.

The history of sacred art offers a few guiding principles worth remembering as Catholics debate over architecture.

What do our personal battles against evil look like? They are rarely pretty or uncomplicated, in any age.

"Love the Beauty of Rome? Thank Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Sts. Peter and Paul!"

July 07, 2017

The extraordinary beauty found from one end of the Eternal City to the other is in large part due to St. Peter.

The Protestants saw mystic experience as a quiet, peaceful assurance, while the Catholics had more flair for the dramatic.

Angels, mostly from the era of the Counter-Reformation, proliferate in Roman churches

When the practice of making pilgrimage was called into question during the reformation, art came to its defense, beautifully.

Art historian Elizabeth Lev continues her look at Rome-based art that confronted the Reformation.

We do not always know Christ when we first meet him, and the recognition is always a powerful moment.

The world's narrative sometimes makes it difficult to see what is beautiful, good, and true about contrition and penance.

The Church rallied to the defense of the sacrament of Penance twice during the Council of Trent, and the fine arts helped make the argument.

March 07, 2017

Flanked by theologians and girded with personal faith, these artists worked to spark imaginations and deepen adoration for the Eucharist in their empirical times. 

February 22, 2017

Lessons from the Counter-Reformation in how Beauty speaks to Truth

January 22, 2017

I was able to view an extraordinary gathering of women who have risen from degradation to astonishing heights

Pope Francis showcases Franciscan artistic genius in his 2016 Christmas card

August 27, 2016

A word of warning -- she's dangerously compelling

August 18, 2016

In the face of a surprise Ottoman attack, their courageous witness preceded the “Hour of the Laity” by a millennium

July 17, 2016

Aesthetics matter, but they're not the only criteria for this evaluation

June 22, 2016

So relatable to us in her fallen humanity, the Magdalene demonstrates the variety of styles of feminine genius

June 05, 2016

A recently completed restoration and exhibit shows how Christians put their mark on Rome after the emperors exited the stage

May 13, 2016

Tourists often miss this treasure in their rush to see the Sistine Chapel

April 20, 2016

Elizabeth Lev cautions the art world to breathe before breaking out the bubbly 

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