+JMJ+ I’ve been going through my collection to select artwork for the Rosary books (edit Nov. 24: I should have said ebooks, though I may do a printed run at some point), and I’ve got enough for a gazillion books. Well, maybe not a gazillion. Maybe just a million. But it beats trying to format the text and all that. Aaaaaa! My eyes! My brain! ;) Speaking of art, I was taking a break from all the close up work (and tiny fonts!) to watch a video of Thomas Mirus, host of the CatholicCulture podcast, and Dr. Elizabeth Lev, my favorite art historian, discussing St. Anthony, the Abbot (or the Egyptian, or the Great, he’s known by different names) and the way he’s represented in the iconography and art of East and West. And a lot more besides. And I’m fascinated.
Video: Conversation between Thomas Mirus and Elizabeth Lev, about the Temptation of St. Anthony Abbot and his iconography and art.
The conversation lasts a little over two hours and I’m not through watching it, but I want to draw your attention (Draw! Ha!) to the 42:58 mark, where she’s telling us about the time leading up to the Reformation in Germany. I did not know these things. Utterly fascinating. Dr. Lev always does this to me. I start listening and I can’t stop.
Don’t miss: The zip file with all the artwork discussed in the episode. Link is in the description below the video at YouTube.
I hope you will enjoy the conversation. Thank you for visiting and reading and watching. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, please stay safe and well, and virtuous and holy. May the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+
Notes and Links
- Thomas Mirus and Elizabeth Lev, a conversation about the Temptation of St. Anthony and the saint’s iconography and art in the East and West.
- There’s a zip file with all the artwork discussed in the episode. Link is in the description below the video at YouTube.
- How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art, by Elizabeth Lev: Paperback, Kindle, (those are Amazon Affiliate links, see full disclosure below for more.). EPUB available from the publisher.
Image: The Temptation of St. Anthony, a triptych by Hieronymus Bosch, painted in about the year 1501. Link to all the art discussed in the episode is in the description on the video page.
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