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Vatican Guide, Art Historian To Lecture October 28

“Catholic Art of the Modern Age: New Images for an Ancient Story” is the title of a lecture to be given by Dr. Elizabeth Lev at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Fred M. Rogers Center. Admission is free and open to the public, but reservations are required: 724-805-2177.

The lecture is presented in conjunction with the “Seventh Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition” and will examine the perennial themes of Catholic art. Lev notes, “The works of the Catholic Arts Exhibition demonstrate that art can still persuasively communicate ancient truths to the modern Church through the exploration of critical contemporary themes such as fatherhood, universality and religious persecution.”

The exhibition opening reception and prize award ceremony follow the lecture in The Saint Vincent Gallery from 3:30 to 6 p.m. with the exhibition continuing through Sunday, Dec. 2. The Saint Vincent Gallery is located on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center. Gallery hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and by special appointment. The Gallery is closed on Mondays and Nov. 21-26 for Thanksgiving.

The 2018 Catholic Arts juror Elizabeth Lev, Ph.D., is an American-born art historian who specializes in Christian art and architecture, Baroque painting and sculpture and High Renaissance art. She is a professor of art and architecture at Duquesne University and a licensed guide for the city of Rome and the Vatican Museums. Lev holds a bachelor of arts degree in art history from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Bologna.

She has served as a Vatican Analyst for NBC and has appeared on The Today Show, Nightline and 60 Minutes.

Lev has taught and lectured in numerous international venues including an address at the United Nations in New York entitled, “An Evening with Raphael: Raphael’s Art and Human Dignity,” and a TED talk representing the Vatican Museums entitled, “The Unheard Story of the Sistine Chapel.”

She has been featured in History television’s Museum Secrets, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and the host of Catholic Canvas, a 10-part series on the art of the Vatican Museums, which aired on EWTN. Lev serves as a consultant on art and faith for the Vatican Museums and has authored the documentary “Vatican Treasures: Art and Faith” along with an accompanying course on the history of the museums for Vatican guides. She has served as a keynote speaker for Notre Dame University’s Center for Ethics where she is a permanent research fellow.

Lev is the author of numerous articles on art that have appeared in First Things, Sacerdos, Inside the Vatican, the College Art Association, The Sacred Art Journal, Magnificat and Zenit. Her most recent series of articles have appeared online on Aleteia. She is the author of three books: The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Italy’s Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de’ Medici (Mariner Books, 2012), Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches with George Weigel (Basic Books, 2013), A Body for Glory: Theology of the Body in the Papal Collections with Fr. Jose Granados (Musei Vaticani Publications, 2017), and How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art (Sophia Institute Press, 2018).

The lecture is sponsored by the Diocese of Greensburg – The Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, J.C.L., with support from Saint Vincent College – Office of the President, Saint Vincent Archabbey, the Diocese of Covington – The Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D., and Jo Ellen and Alan Yeasted.

Further details about the lecture and exhibition are available by contacting the Gallery at 724-805-2107.