Appel à contribution : « Thomas Aquinas and His Images ».

Michel Serre (1658–1733), Thomas Aquinas Trampling Heresy, Basilica of Mary Magdalene, Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, Var.

Type : appel à contribution.
Date limite de l’appel : 15 juin 2020.

On the occasion of the double centennial of Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)—with 2023 marking the 7th centennial of his canonization and 2025 the 8th centennial of his birth—and in parallel with events pertaining to the philosophical and theological approach of the ‘angelic doctor’, this publication aims at questioning pictorial representations of the saint. Thomas Aquinas’s innovative work is a link in the transmission of ancient philosophy and early theology’s heritage and has marked European intellectual thought throughout the centuries (with the Summa Theologiae and Summa contra Gentiles, to name just the most famous of his works). The numerous depictions of this extraordinary Dominican answer various purposes: glorification of the Order founded by Saint Dominic through one of its most remarkable figures, hagiographic processes, bringing the devotion of the Blessed Sacrament to the fore via the composer of the Roman office of Corpus Christi, particular devotions, etc.

The proposed publication addresses three themes:
• the doctor: the figure of the intellectual, of the theologian
• the depiction of his virtues
• his canonization

We expect papers offering cross-cutting approaches as well as case studies (paintings, sculptures, or engravings) highlighting the specific features of the iconography proper to Thomas Aquinas, or on the contrary its inscription in traditional schemes of representation (inspired writer, ecstatic saint, etc.). The envisioned chronology covers the long period stretching from the 15th to the 20th century, as well as areas as diverse as Europe or South America (and more).

• 15th of June 2020 at the latest: proposals due with title, summary, and bio-bibliographical presentation of the author.
• November 2021: final essays due (35,000 characters at most, 3/4 free of rights photos). The text can be written in French, English, or Italian.

Proposals are to be sent to: Claire Rousseau ParisIV-Sorbonne ( and Émilie Roffidal CNRS-UT2J (

Publisher: Angelicum University Press Roma