"These Reproductions of Fine Art, Modeled by People with Disabilities, Will Move You"
January 26, 2018
The "Divine Creatures" exhibit at the Vatican Museums shows us the beauty and dignity inherent in all human beings
"A "Stew of Nudes": The Near Destruction of Michelangelo's 'Last Judgement'"
October 31, 2017
For almost 500 years, Protestants and Catholics have had a tug-of-war over the great artist and his work.
"Globalization, Catholic Style: When Art Came to the Rescue"
October 16, 2017
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.
"Relics and Martyrs: A Potent Catholic Response to the Reformation"
September 26, 2017
The discovery of catacombs with frescoes and relics of incorruptible martyrs gave irrefutable testimony of the Church's history
"'On Earth as it is in Heaven': History of Korea's Catholics on Vatican Exhibit"
September 20, 2017
When the first priest came to Korea from China, in 1795, he found a land already evangelized by lay people.
"Countering the Reformation with Images of Women, Painted by Women"
September 13, 2017
The art world produced its first celebrated female painters here, commissioned and supported by the Church.
"When Art Came to the Rescure: The Intercession of Mary"
August 29, 2017
Counter-reformation artists like Caravaggio encouraged the faithful with ever more fervor to turn to Mary in times of need.
"When Art Came to the Rescue: Depicting Marian Doctrine"
August 09, 2017
Artists of the Counter-Reformation bring home the Church's complex and difficult teachings on the Virgin Mary.
"5 Qualities Catholics Look for in our Church Building Designs"
August 06, 2017
The history of sacred art offers a few guiding principles worth remembering as Catholics debate over architecture.
"The Bloody and Unlovely War on Sin: Art in the Counter-Reformation"
July 27, 2017
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.
"When Art Came to the Rescue of Mystical Love"
June 20, 2017
The Protestants saw mystic experience as a quiet, peaceful assurance, while the Catholics had more flair for the dramatic.
"Angels in Sacred Art: Making the Invisible Visible"
June 05, 2017
Angels, mostly from the era of the Counter-Reformation, proliferate in Roman churches
"Pilgrimage in Painting: Pain, Privilege and Abiding Wonder"
May 15, 2017
When the practice of making pilgrimage was called into question during the reformation, art came to its defense, beautifully.
"When Art Came to the Rescue: Confronting Doubt"
May 01, 2017
Art historian Elizabeth Lev continues her look at Rome-based art that confronted the Reformation.
"Meeting the Resurrected Christ in the Art of the Counter-Reformation"
April 19, 2017
We do not always know Christ when we first meet him, and the recognition is always a powerful moment.
"When Art Came to the Rescue: Making Penitence Look Good"
April 03, 2017
The world's narrative sometimes makes it difficult to see what is beautiful, good, and true about contrition and penance.
"When Art Came to the Rescue: Prelates, Penance, and Painters"
March 20, 2017
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.
"When Art Came to the Eucharist's Rescue: Caravaggio, Domenichino, and Barocci"
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.
"The Gesù: When art came to the rescue"
February 22, 2017
Lessons from the Counter-Reformation in how Beauty speaks to Truth
"Watching the March for Women from my vantage point in Rome"
January 22, 2017
I was able to view an extraordinary gathering of women who have risen from degradation to astonishing heights
"In Giotto's "Nativity" a novel pope has chosen a novel image"
December 17, 2016
Pope Francis showcases Franciscan artistic genius in his 2016 Christmas card
"6 Things to read to get to know Mother Teresa"
August 27, 2016
A word of warning -- she's dangerously compelling
"'It is fitting that we should die for him': Remembering the 813 martyred shopkeepers of Otranto"
August 18, 2016
In the face of a surprise Ottoman attack, their courageous witness preceded the “Hour of the Laity” by a millennium
"Rating the four Holy Doors of Rome in the Jubilee Year of Mercy"
July 17, 2016
"She Who Loved: Mary Magdalene in Art"
June 22, 2016
So relatable to us in her fallen humanity, the Magdalene demonstrates the variety of styles of feminine genius
"The Treasures of Santa Maria Antiqua: Christianity Emerges Out of the Ashes of Imperial Rome
June 05, 2016
A recently completed restoration and exhibit shows how Christians put their mark on Rome after the emperors exited the stage
"Breathtaking Photos: The Vatican Gallery of the Maps"
May 13, 2016
Tourists often miss this treasure in their rush to see the Sistine Chapel
"A Lost Caravaggio, the Holy Grail of Art History"
April 20, 2016
Elizabeth Lev cautions the art world to breathe before breaking out the bubbly