Elizabeth Lev is an American-born art historian with the good fortune to live and work in Rome. Life in the “Eternal City” allows her the perfect environment to pursue her many passions. For on an average day, one can find Elizabeth working on her latest article or book, preparing for one of her worldwide speaking engagements, touring visitors through the treasures of Rome, or using her skills as a sommelier to find the perfect wine to pair with dinner.
The Pope’s Art: The Making of the World’s First World-Class Museum
Three and half miles in the Vatican collection, five hundred years of history and five and a half million visitors a year, how did the Church end up with so much amazing art? This talks looks the creation of the Vatican museums through the contributions of three extraordinary pontiffs, each of whom brought his particular gifts to bear on the collection. Pope Julius II was the “Visionary,” Pius VI the “Money Man” and finally Pius XI the “Public Relations Master.” Despite troubled times and huge obstacles, the three popes recognized the power of art to uplift souls, teach history and promote peace, and dedicated extraordinary efforts to forming the museum we know and love today.
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