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Saint Thomas Aquinas Submitting His Office of Corpus Domini to Pope Urban IV

Predella panel of an altarpiece; other panels from the altarpiece are in the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts (1958.38); the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas (1955.11); and the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena (129)

Taddeo di Bartolo, Italian (active Siena and environs, Perugia, Pisa, and Genoa), first documented 1383, died 1422

Made in Siena, Italy, Europe

c. 1403

Tempera and tooled gold on panel with vertical grain

16 x 14 1/8 inches (40.6 x 35.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 310, European Art 1100-1500, third floor (Giorgi Family Foundation Gallery)

Accession Number:
Cat. 101

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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In 1264, Pope Urban IV asked Thomas Aquinas to write a special liturgy for Corpus Christi, a new holiday that celebrated Christ's bodily presence in the bread and wine of the Roman Catholic Mass. Here Thomas kneels, with his manuscript in his hands, before the pope.

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