(b. ca. 1420, Firenze, d. 1497, Pistoia)
Triumph of St Thomas Aquinas1471
Tempera on panel, 230 x 102 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
The inscription beneath the glory containing Christ expresses his agreement with the theological writings of St Thomas Aquinas: BENE SCPSISTI DE ME, THOMMA ("You have written well about me, Thomas"). The saint is enthroned in the centre between Aristotle and Plato. At his feet lies the Arabic scholar Averroes, whose writings he refuted. In the lower part of the picture a group of clergymen can be seen on either side of the pope, who according to Vasari is Sixtus IV.