Averroes' in the “Trionfo di San Tommaso D’Aquino” fresco

The magnificent fresco dedicated to the heavenly triumph of St. Thomas Aquinas (“Trionfo di San Tommaso d’Aquino”) is located in the “Cappellone degli spagnoli”, the old chapter house of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. This fresco is on the left side of the room: San Tommaso is on a majestic throne in the center of the composition, surrounded by flying personifications of the Theological and cardinal virtues and next to his foot there are the great defeated heretics: Sabellus, Averroes and Ario.

Averroes is a very important figure for the world of medicine: he wrote the “Colliget”, that became one of the most important medical text followed by Christians, Jews and Muslims. He also identified the causes of sexual dysfunctions in neurology and suggested the presence of a disease similar to Parkinson.

  • Photos and main text by Greta Insalata moc.liamg|asniaterg# | and Maria Vittoria Caprio ti.oiligriv|69airottivairam# | (January 2014)

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