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In her latest book, How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art, noted art historian Elizabeth Lev takes us through passages that art historians often neglect.
That is, how art assisted the Church and helped restore the faith with the Council of Trent.
It was warm enough yesterday to sit for a while and enjoy this little crabapple tree flowering in the garden.
I was worried it might look more 'organic' than precise in placement but worked out fine in the end (see posts from August and September last year for more detail).To frame her insights, she describes the influence of the saints on the artists of the time including Saints Philip Neri, Charles Borromeo, and Ignatius of Loyola.