This paper will illuminate the different visual tactics the Augustinian friars engaged with to propagate their saints during the first century of their establishment (1256-ca. 1370) in central Italy. The correlation between tombs and wall paintings will be the focal point of this examination, which is also heavily built on archival research. This paper will explore the creation and commemoration of sanctity in the case of the Augustinian hermit-friars, which can widen our picture about mendicant artistic patronage beyond the more well-researched Franciscans and Dominicans.
This paper proposes to explore the memory of St Thomas Aquinas and its transformation by examining images and texts in a group of illuminated manuscripts used by a predominantly lay audience. The manuscripts in question are para-liturgical books and hagiographies made in the period between c.1370 and c.1500, and their origins spread across Western Europe. The iconography of St Thomas Aquinas will be analysed in relation to the texts, the book owners, or the authors. Most importantly, liturgical and para-liturgical texts composed by Thomas Aquinas that received a rich array of ornamentation, often without the Aquinate’s image will be treated in an attempt to reveal unexpected modes of commemoration of the Angelic Doctor and their historical backgrounds.