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Art and Reformation

A “stew of nudes”: The near destruction of Michelangelo’s ‘Last Judgement’

For almost 500 years, Protestants and Catholics have had a tug-of-war over the great artist and his work.

500 Years later, has the internet made Luthers of us all?

It all started when Luther’s post went viral.

Globalization, Catholic Style: When art came to the rescue

A visit to the Piazza Navona brings Bernini's glorious image of Christian globalization: the light of Truth, spread to the four corners of the globe.

Relics and martyrs: A potent Catholic response to the Reformation

The discovery of catacombs with frescoes and relics of incorruptible martyrs gave irrefutable testimony of the Church's history.

Countering the Reformation with images of women, painted by women

The art world produced its first celebrated female painters here, commissioned and supported by the Church.

When art came to the rescue: The intercession of Mary

Counter-reformation artists like Caravaggio encouraged the faithful with ever more fervor to turn to Mary in times of need.

When art came to the rescue: Depicting Marian doctrine

Artists of the Counter-Reformation bring home the Church's complex and difficult teachings on the Virgin Mary.

The bloody and unlovely war on sin: Art in the Counter-Reformation

What do our personal battles against evil look like? They are rarely pretty or uncomplicated, in any age.

Love the beauty of Rome? Thank Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Sts. Peter and Paul!

The extraordinary beauty found from one end of the Eternal city to the other is in large part due to St. Peter.

When art came to the rescue of mystical love

The Protestants saw mystic experience as a quiet, peaceful assurance, while the Catholics had more flair for the dramatic.