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Not long after Martin Luther's defiance of the Church in 1517, dialogue between Protestants and Catholics broke down, brother turned against brother, and devastating religious wars erupted across Europe. Desperate to restore the peace and recover the unity of Faith, Catholic theologians clarified and reaffirmed Catholic doctrines, but turned as well to another form of evan Not long after Martin Luther's defiance of the Church in 1517, dialogue between Protestants and Catholics broke down, brother turned against brother, and devastating religious wars erupted across Europe. Desperate to restore the peace and recover the unity of Faith, Catholic theologians clarified and reaffirmed Catholic doctrines, but turned as well to another form of evangelization: the Arts. Convinced that to win over the unlettered, the best place to fight heresy was not in the streets but in stone and on canvas, they enlisted the century's best artists to create a glorious wave of beautiful works of sacred art Catholic works of sacred art to draw people together instead of driving them apart. How Catholic Art Saved the Faith tells the story of the creation and successes of this vibrant, visual-arts SWAT team whose war cry could have been art for Faith's sake! Over the years, it included Michelangelo, of course, and, among other great artists, the edgy Caravaggio, the graceful Guido Reni, the technically perfect Annibale Carracci, the colorful Barocci, the theatrical Bernini, and the passionate Artemisia Gentileschi. Each of these creative souls, despite their own interior struggles, was a key player in this magnificent, generations-long project: the affirmation through beauty of the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church. Here you will meet the fascinating artists who formed this cadre's core. You will revel in scores of their full-color paintings. And you will profit from the lucid explanations of their lovely creations: works that over the centuries have touched the hearts and deepened the faith of millions of pilgrims who have made their way to the Eternal City to gaze upon them. Join those pilgrims now in an encounter with the magnificent artworks of the Catholic Restoration artworks which from their conception were intended to delight, teach, and inspire. As they have done for the faith of so many, so will they do for you.


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Not long after Martin Luther's defiance of the Church in 1517, dialogue between Protestants and Catholics broke down, brother turned against brother, and devastating religious wars erupted across Europe. Desperate to restore the peace and recover the unity of Faith, Catholic theologians clarified and reaffirmed Catholic doctrines, but turned as well to another form of evan Not long after Martin Luther's defiance of the Church in 1517, dialogue between Protestants and Catholics broke down, brother turned against brother, and devastating religious wars erupted across Europe. Desperate to restore the peace and recover the unity of Faith, Catholic theologians clarified and reaffirmed Catholic doctrines, but turned as well to another form of evangelization: the Arts. Convinced that to win over the unlettered, the best place to fight heresy was not in the streets but in stone and on canvas, they enlisted the century's best artists to create a glorious wave of beautiful works of sacred art Catholic works of sacred art to draw people together instead of driving them apart. How Catholic Art Saved the Faith tells the story of the creation and successes of this vibrant, visual-arts SWAT team whose war cry could have been art for Faith's sake! Over the years, it included Michelangelo, of course, and, among other great artists, the edgy Caravaggio, the graceful Guido Reni, the technically perfect Annibale Carracci, the colorful Barocci, the theatrical Bernini, and the passionate Artemisia Gentileschi. Each of these creative souls, despite their own interior struggles, was a key player in this magnificent, generations-long project: the affirmation through beauty of the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church. Here you will meet the fascinating artists who formed this cadre's core. You will revel in scores of their full-color paintings. And you will profit from the lucid explanations of their lovely creations: works that over the centuries have touched the hearts and deepened the faith of millions of pilgrims who have made their way to the Eternal City to gaze upon them. Join those pilgrims now in an encounter with the magnificent artworks of the Catholic Restoration artworks which from their conception were intended to delight, teach, and inspire. As they have done for the faith of so many, so will they do for you.

30 review for How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art

  1. 4 out of 5

    TheCatholicBook

    Incredible! I know that when you read this, you will come back and write your own five-star rating.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aline Mullen

    This is the book I never knew I was waiting for. A wonderful example of the marriage of art and faith in brief, easy essays. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the visual descriptions as well as the historical and papal contexts for art in the Catholic world post-Reformation. Lev does a brilliant job engaging and inspiring the reader to continue a tradition of understanding Catholic art in a modern environment not much different than that of 1600. Her arguments are perspective-changing. And with the mo This is the book I never knew I was waiting for. A wonderful example of the marriage of art and faith in brief, easy essays. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the visual descriptions as well as the historical and papal contexts for art in the Catholic world post-Reformation. Lev does a brilliant job engaging and inspiring the reader to continue a tradition of understanding Catholic art in a modern environment not much different than that of 1600. Her arguments are perspective-changing. And with the most stunning of bibliographies. Might be too soon to say, but I think I’ve found the person I want to be when I grow up. Hmu to join my fan club

  3. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    This book is incredibly done, with beautiful photographs of the masterpieces Lev discusses in each of the chapters. I had heard Liz Lev being interviewed on EWTN, and I was intrigued. Knowing that I was going back to Italy this past spring, I wanted to be more aware of the artwork I would see in the churches in Rome. Who knew that this book would teach me how art played an important role in the Counter Reformation? I am not an art student, but Lev writes clearly, and I found myself going back an This book is incredibly done, with beautiful photographs of the masterpieces Lev discusses in each of the chapters. I had heard Liz Lev being interviewed on EWTN, and I was intrigued. Knowing that I was going back to Italy this past spring, I wanted to be more aware of the artwork I would see in the churches in Rome. Who knew that this book would teach me how art played an important role in the Counter Reformation? I am not an art student, but Lev writes clearly, and I found myself going back and forth between the prose and the pictures. I was thrilled when I got to go to St. Cecilia's Church in the Trastevere section of Rome, and saw the sculpture of the Martyrdom of St. Cecilia by Maderno! Well done! Thank you, Liz Lev.

  4. 5 out of 5

    C. Michael

    This book is both visually attractive and attractively written, as befits a book about art. It presents a substantial amount of history, theology, and art interpretation in prose that never bogs down with excessive detail or wordiness. Many of the works that are featured will be familiar to anyone who has studied art history, but Lev's interpretations are not always the same as those promoted in current mainline art history texts. Paintings are featured, but sculpture, architecture, and urban de This book is both visually attractive and attractively written, as befits a book about art. It presents a substantial amount of history, theology, and art interpretation in prose that never bogs down with excessive detail or wordiness. Many of the works that are featured will be familiar to anyone who has studied art history, but Lev's interpretations are not always the same as those promoted in current mainline art history texts. Paintings are featured, but sculpture, architecture, and urban design find their place as well. I find Lev's approach to be consistently reasonable. This book is a great introduction to its topic. Since it is an introduction rather than a highly detailed treatment of its subjects, a useful bibliography is also provided.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peter Darcy

    Beautifully written book with high definition graphics in just about every chapter. The publisher (Sophia Institute) must have spent a fortune printing it. Elizabeth Lev has serious creds in the Catholic art world, and that shows in her analysis of the post-Reformation period. Exquisitely researched but written as if she were standing in front of the painting offering a casual analysis with students while pointing out details. The whole theme of art saving the Faith was new to me and deeply refr Beautifully written book with high definition graphics in just about every chapter. The publisher (Sophia Institute) must have spent a fortune printing it. Elizabeth Lev has serious creds in the Catholic art world, and that shows in her analysis of the post-Reformation period. Exquisitely researched but written as if she were standing in front of the painting offering a casual analysis with students while pointing out details. The whole theme of art saving the Faith was new to me and deeply refreshing as it confirms many of my basic intuitions about the religious sensibilities of culture and people. Her historical analyses were also marvelously revealing. Great, great book. Easy to read and enlivening.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    I had no art education growing up and this book was a beautiful introduction to Catholic art. It wove artists backgrounds, explanations of works of art and Catholic doctrine to produce a beautiful story of paintings and sculpture following the Protestant Reformation. It touched on works by Caravaggio, Carracci, Michelangelo, Bernini, Gentileschi and more. I’m looking forward to picking up my next art book to continue my self education.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily Simon

    I wholeheartedly appreciate the fact that this book included so many full-color treasures of Catholic art. One of the more memorable lessons I learned throughout the book was to notice how artists, through unoccupied space or a pointed gaze, left a place in their work for the viewer. It's amazing to think how many individuals have interacted throughout the years with the messages included in these beautiful monuments. So grateful to Elizabeth Lev for providing an introduction into this world! I wholeheartedly appreciate the fact that this book included so many full-color treasures of Catholic art. One of the more memorable lessons I learned throughout the book was to notice how artists, through unoccupied space or a pointed gaze, left a place in their work for the viewer. It's amazing to think how many individuals have interacted throughout the years with the messages included in these beautiful monuments. So grateful to Elizabeth Lev for providing an introduction into this world!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Connor Curts

    Interesting and a nice overview of some art that the Church produced in response to the Reformers, but a bit misleading with the title. It doesn’t go very much in depth about how the art saved the faith or how it truly affected people, mostly just the intent behind it and historical background of why and where it was created.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jill Poulsen

    I love this theory that art was what saved the faith and it is obviously very personal for Liz Lev. The printing of this book and the replications of the art are fantastic. I highly recommend having Liz give you a tour of the Vatican Museums after you've finished it! I love this theory that art was what saved the faith and it is obviously very personal for Liz Lev. The printing of this book and the replications of the art are fantastic. I highly recommend having Liz give you a tour of the Vatican Museums after you've finished it!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eugene Wong

    Got this as a Christmas gift and it is truly a gem of a gift. This is a book that will open your world to beauty and truth. It has ignited my love for the Catholic Faith, Art and our salvation history. Highly recommended!

  11. 4 out of 5

    A Reading

    A great book to read before traveling to Rome. I learned much about why there is such abundant beautiful art there and how to "read" the artwork as well. A great book to read before traveling to Rome. I learned much about why there is such abundant beautiful art there and how to "read" the artwork as well.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joy Mistur

    Beautiful reproductions

  13. 4 out of 5

    Akasleen Ryan

    Beautiful photos. Short essays.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carly Rupp

    WOW.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Interesting and accessible! Amazing how much we have lost the ability to "read" great works of art, but I also appreciated her suggestions for how to recapture that vision. Interesting and accessible! Amazing how much we have lost the ability to "read" great works of art, but I also appreciated her suggestions for how to recapture that vision.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Gorgeous book with lots of information that is both orthodox and historically accurate. Wonderfully informative about art history in relation to Christianity.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tomas Riklius

    Splendidly written, a wonderful rendition of post-Tridentine artworks and their contextual meanings in the Catholic reform.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Interesting look at the Counter Reformation time period ( 1520s-1650) inside the Catholic Church through Catholic art, artists, popes, clergy, and the faithful. Descriptions of individual art pieces is extremely thought provoking. I most enjoyed part III of the text. Well done.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

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    Theresa

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kate

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    Edd Alexander

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    Kirby Hlavaty

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alice Sullivan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nick Junker

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

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