Nov 15, 2021
Anybody who is anybody in the Catholic art world in Rome knows who Elizabeth Lev is: renowned art historian, bestselling author, and professor of Baroque, Renaissance and Christian Art at Duquesne University in Rome. Liz knows every corner of the Eternal City.
Bringing her unique eye for the best of Catholic art, Lev has teamed up with Sophia Institute Press to put together a book honoring St. Joseph in a unique way: following the rise of his representation in Christian art.
Under the evocative title "The Silent Knight," Lev chronicles the remarkable rise of Joseph’s iconography through masterpieces by some of history’s greatest artists. The first depictions of Joseph appeared in the fifth century, gradually evolving as the Church grew, accompanying the faithful through the changing fortunes of ecclesiastical history.
Josephine imagery has at various times provided inspiration for fathers, husbands, workers, those near to death, and even the pope, leading to a striking variety of depictions in the history of art.