Tommaso da Modena
Tommaso da Modena (1326 – 1379) was an Italian painter of the mid-14th century.
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Perhaps Tommaso's most important work was done in Treviso.
In 1352 as an expression of the Dominican intellectual vocation Tommaso was commissioned to paint a fresco cycle of 40 Dominicans scholars at their desks including Popes, Cardinals, theologians, and philosophers. The work is in the chapter room of the former Dominican convent of San Nicolo' at Treviso, now a seminary. Among others, the cycle portrays Cardinal Annibale Annibaldi, Doctor of the Church Thomas Aquinas, Cardinal Hugh Aycelin, and Cardinal Latino Malabranca Orsini, all of whom were professors of the Dominican studium at Santa Sabina the forerunner of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, as well as Bishop and Doctor of the Church Albert the Great founder of the Dominican studium at Cologne, and renown biblical commentator Cardinal Hugh of Saint-Cher. The portrait of Saint-Cher is the earliest known depiction of a person wearing spectacles.
- Farquhar, Maria (1855). Ralph Nicholson Wornum, ed. Biographical catalogue of the principal Italian painters. Woodfall & Kinder, Angel Court, Skinner Street, London; Digitized by Googlebooks from Oxford University copy on Jun 27, 2006. pp. page 107.
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