St. Thomas Aquinas

1713
Wood and polychrome
Cathedral of St. Mary, Pamplona

This statue can be identified as St. Thomas Aquinas because of the turbaned enemy at his feet representing theological error. The monstrance in his right hand is a less common attribute of Aquinas, but is used from time to time (example). The monstrance refers to Aquinas's reputation as the theological vindicator of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and the author of two famous hymns sung on Corpus Christi, the feast celebrating that doctrine.

(Transubstantiation is the doctrine that in the Catholic and Orthodox liturgies, the "substance" of the bread and wine becomes the body and blood of Jesus Christ, even though these elements retain the "accidents" – look, taste, texture, etc. – of bread and wine.)

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Photographed at the cathedral by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.