How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter Reformation Art
Sophia Institute Press, 310 pages
In the Platonic triad of the transcendentals, beauty is the gateway to goodness and truth. Elizabeth Lev argues that amid the chaos and confusion of the 16th century Reformation, it was beauty – in the form of exquisitely beautiful Catholic art produced by masters such as Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, and a host of others – that helped restore unity among faithful Catholics who remained, by drawing their attention to the goodness and truth of the Church. Lev makes a strong case – as she did at the 2019 Summit – which will increase appreciation for the finest in classical religious art in these turbulent times.