(active 1343-1377, Firenze)

The Church as the Path to Salvation (detail)

Cappellone degli Spagnoli, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

In the right half of the fresco the thematic focus is clearly shifted to the work of the Dominicans, beginning with St Dominic sending out a pack of hounds against the wolves that attacked a flock of sheep. The vigilance of the order in the face of heresy is likewise demonstrated in pictorial form in the dispute of Sts Peter Martyr and THomas Aquinas with the heretics and the heathens.

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