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Pilgrimage to the Museum

Product Code 7161

"Anyone who knows and admires Stephen Auth, as I am happy to say I do, realizes he detects the divine everywhere and in everybody. Even at the 'Met' Stephen observes hints of God in the art that abounds. He's convinced me!"

Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York

"Auth takes you on a tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that will leave you marveling at how God in every age inspires and unleashes beauty through great artists and their works."

Jim Towey

Aging with Dignity

"In Pilgrimage to the Museum, Stephen Auth leads us on an enthusiastic adventure through art history, giving us eyes to look not just at art but at life. It will leave you unable to look at art the same way again."

Father Roger J. Landry

Author, Plan of Life:

Habits to Help You

Grow Closer to God

"Pilgrimage to the Museum invites its reader on a spiritual journey through the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Summoning us to the great masterpieces of the ages, it bids us to find not only an illumination of man’s great longing for God but an invitation to renew our own."

John Garvey


Catholic University

of America

Even those with no art history training will benefit from this book

"Pilgrimage to the Museum" will reward a wide audience, especially those who have little or no art history training but a desire to better understand how art in every age has been sparked by the desire to know God. Read the book review

Thank you so much for this amazing event! It was truly revelatory. I see these pieces now as works of devotion, based on study of Scripture, faith, and spiritual contemplation. And I'm so glad I bought the book!  Looking forward to visiting the Met again soon with "new eyes."  – Liz Martucci

Pilgrimage to the Museum
Man’s Search for God Through Art and Time

Have you ever visited a museum and found the narrations in the self-guided-tour headsets a bit tedious? Slightly too clinical, perhaps? And have you ever noticed that God is rarely mentioned in art museums these days, unless in a cold, archaeological, “scientific” way? All of that is about to change.


In Pilgrimage to the Museum, author-curator Stephen Auth takes you on a provocative and colorful journey through the history of Western art, interpreted through a lens of profound Christian faith — appropriately so since, in Auth’s view, much of Western art expresses humanity’s search for God, the Divine Artist-Creator.


In this beautifully illustrated voyage, you will experience with Auth and his wife, Evelyn, the ups and downs of man’s determined quest. Leaving all the art-history jargon at the front door, Auth will transport you in his spiritual time machine from Egypt’s Old Kingdom, through Greece and Rome, to medieval Europe; from the age of the Renaissance, through the Ages of Exploration and Enlightenment; and from the rise of atheism in the late 1800s to the seeds of a spiritual rebirth in the modern era. Along the way, you will experience anew the masterpieces of many artists, from Polykleitos to Raphael, Duccio to Rembrandt, Monet to Picasso.


Through the works of these great artists, you will encounter the profound truths that lead many to God and cause many others to wonder. You will discover how various themes and motifs of man’s struggle to find God occur, morph, fade, and then reoccur centuries later. As you laugh, cry, and pray your way through this illuminating voyage, you will emerge refreshed and renewed in your own journey to God — and you will never look at a work of art the same way again.

Watch The Pilgrimage on ETWN On Demand

The three-part series is now available on demand. Author Stephen F. Auth and Fr. Shawn Aaron lead a group of pilgrims through New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art to discover man's ultimate search for God through art and time.




At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, pilgrims explore the Tomb of Perneb, where relatives of the deceased left food and drink so he would never be thirsty or hungry in the afterlife.

EL GRECO   30:00

Author Stephen F. Auth explores the art of Greek painter and sculptor El Greco at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and delves into Christ’s influence on classic masterpieces.


Salvadore Dali’s “Crucifixion” uses a geometric symbol to represent the transcendental nature of God. Host Stephen F. Auth explores the meaning behind Christ on the Hypercube.

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Author Stephen F. Auth

Stephen Auth has had a long career on Wall Street, first with Prudential Investments in the 1980s and 1990s, and since 2000 with Federated Hermes, where he serves as executive vice president and a chief investment officer of Federated Global Equities. Evelyn Moreno Auth has been Steve’s lifelong partner in marriage and, with him, raised their two wonderful sons, Richard and Michael.

ISBN                  978-1-64413-716-1

Price                 $19.95

Pub. Date         07/26/2022

Categories       Art History; 

Format             Paperback

Trim Size          5.5 x 8.5

Page Count     240


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The Auths are right: Art attracts people to faith. Their beautiful new book is the proof. Its artful approach both moves the heart and speaks to the mind, drawing clear inspiration from the Holy Spirit. Those who read this book will find their faith deepened, and for some, it may even begin their faith. May this powerful work inspire many people to engage in the co-creation to which God calls us.


Tim Busch, Founder of Napa Institute, a Catholic Lay Apostolate  

Pilgrimage to the Museum provides an extraordinarily coherent and inspiring itinerary through the wealth of works in the Metropolitan Museums of Art. Auth's brilliant "installation" guides the reader with his macro narrative of the wonderful ways in which humanity expresses its longing for the divine, as well as focusing on the unique details of the individual objects. With its friendly (and frequently humorous) conversational style, Pilgrimage to the Museum  is a game changer for docents, pilgrims and art lovers everywhere.


Elizabeth Lev

Author, How Catholic Art Saved the Faith


Auth takes you on a tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that may rock your soul!  His crash course in art history leaves you marveling how in every age God inspires and unleashes beauty through the great artists and their works. Auth invites the uninitiated like me on a journey towards a deeper appreciation of the Met’s masterpieces and challenges us to do a little soul-searching along the way.  He and his wife Evelyn have spent forty-plus years strolling the Met's halls which explain why this book is interesting, fun, and spiritually uplifting.       


John Towey

Former President, Ave Maria University

“Auth’s tour de force through the famed Metropolitan Museum is an edifying example of why we read – to know that we are not alone.”


“Pilgrimage to the Museum is an enjoyable and moving account of how man has sought solace in both God and art for nearly 5,000 years.” 


“Auth’s spiritual and artistic journey through New York’s Metropolitan Museum will be a moving and thoroughly enjoyable tour for people of faith or those simply fans of art.”


Jason De Sena Trennert

CEO, Strategas Group



“A museum is like the soul of a people. It displays the inner struggle and deepest delights. The MET is no different. It contains the highest artistic achievements of the human spirit and reveals the deepest conflicts and questions. Steve and Evelyn artfully guide us through one of the world’s great Museums to tackle one of the most meaningful questions of our existence: humanity’s search for God! Enjoy the journey. You will be better for it!”


“The MET, like the city that houses it, is a crossroads of humanity. So many stories, so many beliefs, so many treasures. Steve and Evelyn, with a combination of artful insight, New York realism and and keen spiritual intuition, guide us into the heart of the collection. From Egypt to Greece and Europe to America, the reader will travel the paths trod by the great artists of the world as they pursue the greatest adventure of the world – humanity’s search for God. Enjoy the journey. You will be better for it!”


Fr. Mark Haydu, Author of Meditations on Vatican Art



In Pilgrimage to the Museum, Stephen Auth leads us on an enthusiastic adventure through art history, giving us eyes to look not just at art but at life. He takes us beyond the canvas, colors, stone and bronze to the existential questions at play in each masterpiece. This is a great resource not only for those who want to visit the Metropolitan Museum in New York, but for anyone who loves art and wants to know and love it more. It will leave you unable to look at art the same way again.


Father Roger J. Landry, Author, Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God

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