- Sep 19, 2020
Counter-Reformation artist Carlo Dolci is finally getting his due, with a solo show — his first in the U.S. — at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The deeply Catholic Baroque master, a favorite of the Medici banking dynasty, is considered one of the finest Italian painters of the 17th century. His works are also a reminder of a visual vocabulary of Catholic art many modern viewers no longer recognize.
Art historian Elizabeth Lev explains how Artemisia Gentileschi, a post-reformation painter, expressed her childhood trauma, her constant battle with sin and the teachings of the Church though her art. Through a careful examination of her most famous works we learn how Artemisia is a true role model for Catholic feminists.
One of the key principles of reform is the idea of return, or rediscovery. To reform is not to change one’s nature or alter one’s identity, but to return to the truth of oneself that may have become distorted or atrophied over time.