La Disputa


  • Italian: “the discussion”


A fresco by Raphael, in the Vatican. Representing the Church, militant and triumphant, it portrays saints, doctors and laymen engaged in theological discussion, and above, the heavens opened and Our Lord, overshadowed by the Holy Ghost, and blessed by the Father, offering Himself as a sacrifice for sin. The theme is believed to have been set by some prominent humanist, and as depicted by the artist is stamped with theological dignity, and in warmth of feeling is unequalled by any of Raphael’s other works in Rome.

MLA Citation

  • “La Disputa”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 February 2021. Web. 27 January 2022. <>