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About the Author

Dr. Elizabeth Lev
Professor of Art History
Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas

Elizabeth Lev, PhD, is an art historian based in Rome, where she teaches art history at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.

A graduate of the University of Chicago, Dr. Lev completed her Dottorato di Ricerca at the University of Bologna. She moved to Rome in 1997 and has lived and worked there ever since. Lev has served as a guide to countless pilgrims and has taught students at John Cabot University and the Rome campuses of the University of Saint Thomas, Duquense University, and Christendom College. Among her publications is How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art.

Published Pieces

Woman Praying before an Icon

In Defense of Christian Art

Christian art is defined by two distinctive qualities: the unique doctrine of the Incarnation permeating a work, and the purpose and function of art in the life of the Christian viewer.

Dr. Elizabeth Lev
Jan 6, 2021