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Pope Gregory I by Francisco de Zurbarán.
Pope Gregory I by Francisco de Zurbarán

Saint Gregory I (540?-604) was Pope 590-604 and the last of the four original Doctors of the Church.

Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664) painted Gregorius c.1626-1627. It is in the Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes, Seville, Spain.

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Thu, Jan 21st - 10:33AM

Saint Ambrose and Emperor Theodosius by Van Dyck
Saint Ambrose and Emperor Theodosius by Van Dyck

Saint Ambrose (339?-397), one of the most celebrated Fathers of the Church and one of the four Doctors of the Church. He became Bishop of Milan in 374.

Ambrose excommunicated Roman Emperor Theodosius I in 390 after the emperor had ordered the massacre of 7000 insurgent citizens of Thessaloníki, Greece, and demanded public penance from the emperor before lifting the ban.

Saint Ambrose forbids emperor Theodosius I to enter the church was painted by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641). It is in the National Gallery, London.

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Thu, Jan 14th - 10:41AM

Temptation of St Thomas Aquinas by Diego Velázquez
Temptation of St Thomas Aquinas by Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velasquez

Family members became desperate to dissuade Thomas Aquinas from becoming a Dominican priest. At one point, two of his brothers hired a prostitute to seduce him, but he drove her away, wielding a burning stick. According to legend, that night two angels appeared to him as he slept and strengthened his determination to remain celibate.

Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), sometimes called the Angelic Doctor and the Prince of Scholastics, was an Italian philosopher and theologian, whose works have made him the most important figure in Scholastic philosophy and one of the leading Roman Catholic theologians. He was named Doctor of the Church in 1568.

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Sat, Jan 9th - 8:09AM

St Jerome and the Angel by Simon Vouet
St Jerome and the Angel by Simon Vouet

Simon Vouet (1590-1649) painted St Jerome and the Angel in the 1620s. It is in the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Saint Jerome (347?-419 or 420) is best known for his translation of the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into Latin. This translation, known as the Vulgate, was used for many centuries. He was one of the 4 original Doctors of the Church proclaimed in 1298.

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Tue, Jan 5th - 4:24PM

Saint Augustine by Philippe de Champaigne
Saint Augustine by Philippe de Champaigne

Saint Augustine (354-430) became bishop of Hippo (now Annaba, Algeria) in 395, an office he held until his death. His best-known work is his autobiographical Confessions (c.400), exposing his early life and conversion. He was one of the 4 original Doctors of the Church, proclaimed in 1298.

Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674) painted Saint Augustine c.1645-1650. It is in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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