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Tomaso da Modena's Dominican Saints

Guidebooks and websites galore are more than happy to recommend a trip to the chapter house of the church of San Nicolò while in Treviso to visit Tommaso da Modena's reknown frescoes which decorate its walls. The pictures depict forty illustrious Dominicans.

I spent the last hour fruitlessly scouring internet searches for a list of just who those forty illustrious men are. As a consequence, I have concluded that clearly there is a need for this information to be available online, just in case I'm not the only one who worries about these things.

So here you are:

On the North Wall
St. Dominic Guzman; St. Peter of Verona; St. Thomas Aquinas; Blessed Jordan of Saxony; Blessed Raymond Penafort; Blessed John of Wildeshausen; Blessed Albert the Great; Blessed John of Vicenza (Giovanni da Schio); Blessed Isnard of Vicenza; Blessed Walter of Germany; Blessed Peter Sendre; Blessed Pelagrine of Spain; Blessed Bernard of Traversères; Blessed Vincent of Beauvais; Blessed Ambrose of Siena; Blessed Jacob of Venice; Blessed Augustine of Traü; Blessed Peter of Palu; Blessed Maurice of Hungary; Blessed Guido of Naples.

On the South Wall
Pope Innocent V; Pope Benedict XI; Cardinal Hugh of St. Cher; Cardinal Hannibald of Rome; Cardinal Peter of Tarantaise; Cardinal Robert Kilwardby; Cardinal Latino Malabranca; Cardinal Hugh Billom; Cardinal Nicholas Boccasino; Cardinal Nicholas of Prato; Cardinal Walter of England; Cardinal Nicholas of Fréauville; Cardinal Thomas of York; Cardinal William Macclesfeld; Cardinal Matthew Orsini; Cardinal William of Peter Godin; Cardinal Bonifacio of Donoratico; Cardinal Thomas; Cardinal Gerard of Domaro; Cardinal John of Moulins

The problem was, in the end, solved by finding a dissertation which had the information in it. Priscilla Susanna West, Text into art: The 'Chronica Dominicana' and Tomaso da Modena's Chapter House frescoes at San Nicolo in Treviso (Italy). (University of Oregon, 2002).

Comments

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innostrantsa
Sep. 1st, 2004 01:22 am (UTC)
wow.

i don't tend to comment on your academic posts 'cos... well, i'm intimidated, frankly. but i gotta say-- shana, you continue to amaze me, and teach things that are endlessly fascinating. this is something to watch for next trip to that region-- educational and enhancing. you should get tasty treats for a) finding this info in the first place (which more likely than not took a bit of doing) and b) putting it out there for everyone to share.
owlfish
Sep. 2nd, 2004 06:42 am (UTC)
I'm sorry you're intimidated by my academic posts! If it's any consolation, I find your gym trips rather intimidating - never having been a gym goer, it seems as if you do a huge amount of things when you're there.

The frescoes are pretty nifty - I think I saw them when I was maybe 11, so I don't remember them well in person, but several have come up over the course of my dissertation, so I felt I ought to know more about it. Looking through this was one of those lessons in why academia is worth pursuing: just because something is famous, doesn't mean very many people have seriously worked on the problem. In this case, there was obviously one published book, and this dissertation, by different people.
sioneva
Sep. 1st, 2004 02:05 am (UTC)
It's funny how quick authors are to give some tantalizing tidbit of information about iconography but then not ever go into more depth, even about well-known works.

Great job figuring it out :)
owlfish
Sep. 2nd, 2004 06:44 am (UTC)
Of course, the reason I was looking for this information was to figure out who Cardinal William of England is. The dissertation might help me, but finding the list sure didn't. Still, I'm glad I went looking - I've already mentioned three of these frescoes and one of the other men in my dissertation, so I felt I ought to know something more about the place.
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