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Elizabeth Lev

Elizabeth Lev
  • Art historian
  • Author
Elizabeth Lev (b. 1966) was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1989. She then moved to northern Italy, where she continued her studies at the University of Bologna. While working on her thesis in Rome, she decided to move there, which she did in 1997. A year later she was hired as a professor of Art History at Duquesne University’s Italian campus, a position she still holds. Lev also teaches at the Pontifical University of the Angelicum and Christendom College. She lives with her husband and three children in close proximity to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Lev has written a biography, The Tigress of Forli: The Remarkable Story of Caterina Riario Sforza (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011) and two other books, A Body for Glory: Theology of the Body in the Papal Collections (with Fr. Jose Granados), and Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (with George Weigel).