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Andrea di Bonaiuto: Via veritas  wikidata:Q27628947 
creator QS:P170,Q495419
Andrea di Bonaiuto: Via veritas
Triumph of the Church, Church Militant and Triumphant
Alternative title(s):
Allegory of the Active and Triumphant Church and the Dominican order
Object type fresco
English: The Way of Salvation fresco is in the Spanish Chapel (Cappella Spagnuolo, or Guidalotti Chapel, after the patron) of the Spanish chapel.The black-cloaked figures are Dominican priests (the Blackfriars, the Order of Preachers, O.P.), and the black-and-white dogs are their symbol. (Founded by St. Dominic to preach against heresies, they were referred to as "domini canes", hounds of God.)

In the left foreground there is a group of about five dozen figures representing Christendom, and illustrating the religious and secular hierarchies. At the center are pope and emperor, and at their feet are black-and-white dogs protecting the sheep. The secular figures range from the emperor down to beggars and cripples. Behind them is the great Florentine Duomo, representing the Church. In the right foreground are three Dominican saints. (Their identification varies among sources.) St. Peter Martyr sends the dogs to round up lost sheep and fight off wolves. St. Dominic preaches to the people while St. Thomas debates heretics.

Behind the preachers, in the right middleground, there is a group of worldly pleasure-seekers (above Thomas and the heretics) and two more Dominican figures (above St. Peter and St. Dominic). The faithful are being blessed and ushered to the gate of Heaven, where St. Peter welcomes them. Above all is a scene of Christ in Majesty, with the emblems of the Evangelists. The overall composition, with the heretics on the right and faithful on the left, echoes many more conventional Judgment scenes.
Date from 1365 until 1367
date QS:P571,+1365-00-00T00:00:00Z/8,P580,+1365-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P582,+1367-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
Medium fresco
institution QS:P195,Q51175
Current location
References Cappellone Spagnoli
Source/Photographer ~
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22:32, 15 January 2013Thumbnail for version as of 22:32, 15 January 20131,800 × 1,256 (986 KB)Michael Hurst (talk | contribs){{Information |Description ={{en|1=The ''Way of Salvation'' fresco is in the Spanish Chapel (Cappella Spagnuolo, or Guidalotti Chapel) of Santa Maria Novella, Florence. Created by Andrea di Bonaiuto (Andrea da Firenze), it is also known as the ''Tri...
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