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ca. 1481-1482


St. Thomas Aquinas by Sandro Botticelli (1444-1510). Painted ca. 1481-1482, the portrait is held by the Granger Collection, Brooklyn, New York. As with most paintings of St. Thomas, the book represents his monumental work, the Summa Theologica.

The spirit of the Renaissance is conveyed by Sandro Botticelli. A protégé of the powerful Medici family, Botticelli is renowned for his spectacular Sistine Chapel frescoes and his politically charged mythological allegories. Largely forgotten, his work was rediscovered by 19th century Pre-Raphaelites who admired his highly refined use of color and form; they also shared his passion for upholding the triumph of love and reason over primal instinct.