St Joseph was an unassuming latecomer to the history of art, but once discovered, his images evolved rapidly to serve the Catholic Church during challenging times . . . .
From model for the papacy, to symbol of marriage and fatherhood, to guide for a good death and advocate for the worker, St Joseph’s many guises have made him one of the Church’s greatest spiritual treasures. Following Pope Francis’ dedication of 2021 to St. Joseph, this talk will look at Giotto, Raphael, Murillo and others as we uncover the many faces of this quiet saint. US art historian Elizabeth Liv will discuss look at Giotto, Raphael, Murillo and others as we uncover the many faces of this quiet saint.
Dr. Elizabeth Lev is a US art historian based in Rome, with degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Bologna. In addition to teaching at Duquesne University’s Italian campus, she has been offering tours of the artistic riches of Rome and beyond for over 20 years. Dr. Lev is the author of four books, including How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art (2018).