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Saint Thomas Aquinas


Outstanding 17th Century Copperplate Burin Engraving of Thomas Aquinas by the French engraver Leonard Gaultier.


Engraved on beautiful old laid paper.


Thomas Aquinas, Thomas of Aquin, or Aquino(c. 1225 – 7 March 1274) was an Italian Catholic priest, philosopher and theologian. Many consider him one of the greatest of the Catholic theologians.


He is shown with a shining sun on his breast, a typical iconographic attribute for Aquinas, which symbolizes his role as a teacher of doctrine.


Leonard Gaultier (1561-1641)
An engraver of the French School, Gaultier was originally from Germany but came to Paris at a young age. During his long career, he became a favored engraver of royalty and nobility across Europe.


Text on Engraving: Effigies D. Thomae Aquinatis: Quem Ecclesia Doctorem Scholae magistrum, haeretici flegellum habuere: quemass Pius Papa V. .. etc.

Signed L. Gaultier incidit in the plate lower left.


Dimensions: 20.5 X 30 cm


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