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Vita D. Thomae Aquinatis - Otto van Veen, 1610
Manuscript of the Life of St. Thomas Aquinas from the Santa Fe Institute Library
VITA D. THOMAE AQUINATIS is a pictorial history of the life of St. Thomas Aquinas accompanied by a short Latin text of explanation accompanying each of the thirty-one illustrations. Compiled by Otto van Veen and published in 1610 in Antwerp, the manuscript was illustrated by a number of Flemish artists. Engravings were contributed by Cornelis Boel, E. van Panderen, G. Swanenburgh, and Cornelis Galle.
This copy was purchased for the Santa Fe Institute Library in Berkeley from a Dutch collector in Amsterdam. It has been translated into English by DSPT Concurrent MA Theology/MA Philosophy student, Joshua Kenz, for the enjoyment of all those viewers of the DSPT website. Other complete copies exist, most notably in the Warburg Institute, London.
This illustrated life of the Angelic Doctor draws from both history and apocryphal stories making it a compelling account of an intellectual giant who was humble enough to become a saint.