St James Greater, Apostle Photos

St James the Greater Apostle (fisherman of Galilee) and older brother of St John Apostle, was beheaded in 42 CE after being tried by Herod. However, Middle Ages' Christian tradition tells the tale that he later preached in Spain and was buried in Compostella. Thus, he became the patron saint of Spain. During Medieval times millions of European pilgrims made a trek to venerate him at Santiago de Compostella, a tradition which continues until this day.

Attrib.:
  • As Apostle = beard, holding sword of his martyrdom;
  • As object of pilgrimage = scallop shell on broad-brimmed hat or cloak, pilgrim's water gourd & walking staff;
  • As patron saint of Spain = on horseback with Saracen trampled under hooves.
    (AKA: St James Major; St James Elder; Jacobus Major; Santiago; Jacques Majeur; Giacomo Maggiore.)
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    Wood carving of St James the Elder from Kalkar at German Historical Museum. Berlin, Germany.Pilgrim's garb of Stephan Praun III prob. Spanish at Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Nuremberg, Germany.Relief of St James the Moorslayer over entrance of St James Church. Barcelona, Spain.Decapitation of St James Major painting by Master of Cruïlles at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. Barcelona, Spain.
    Wood carving of St James the Elder (start 16thC) from Kalkar at German Historical Museum. Berlin, Germany.Pilgrim's garb of Stephan Praun III (c1571) prob. Spanish at Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Nuremberg, Germany.Relief of St James the Moorslayer over entrance of St James Church (14thC) (Carrer de Ferran 28). Barcelona, Spain.Decapitation of St James Major painting (15thC) by Master of Cruïlles at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. Barcelona, Spain.
    Polychrome sculpted figures in scenes from life of St James the Greater at Amiens Cathedral. Amiens, France.A scene from life of St James the Greater at Amiens Cathedral. Amiens, France.A scene from life of St James the Greater at Amiens Cathedral. Amiens, France.A scene from life of St James the Greater at Amiens Cathedral. Amiens, France.
    Polychrome sculpted figures in scenes from life of St James the Greater at Amiens Cathedral. Amiens, France.A scene from life of St James the Greater at Amiens Cathedral. Amiens, France.A scene from life of St James the Greater at Amiens Cathedral. Amiens, France.A scene from life of St James the Greater at Amiens Cathedral. Amiens, France.
    Detail of a scene from life of St James the Greater at Amiens Cathedral. Amiens, France.Apostle St James the Greater Freeing the Magician Hermogenes painting by Fra Angelico at Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth, TX.Apostle St James Major stained glass from Chapel of Chateau of Rouen at Cluny Museum. Paris, France.French stone carving of St James the Greater at Memorial Art Gallery. Rochester, NY.
    Detail of a scene from life of St James the Greater at Amiens Cathedral. Amiens, France.Apostle St James the Greater Freeing the Magician Hermogenes painting (c1429-30) by Fra Angelico (aka Fra Giovanni da Fiesole) at Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth, TX.Apostle St James Major stained glass (before 1270) from Chapel of Chateau of Rouen at Cluny Museum. Paris, France.French stone carving (late 1400s) of St James the Greater at Memorial Art Gallery. Rochester, NY.
    Carved alabaster head of St James the Great from England at RISD Museum. Providence, RI.Wood mask of St James the Greater from Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Carving of St James Major at St Sebaldus Church. Nuremberg, Germany.Carving of St James Major at St Sebaldus Church. Nuremberg, Germany.
    Carved alabaster head of St James the Great (15thC) from England at RISD Museum. Providence, RI.Wood mask of St James the Greater (mid 19thC) from Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Carving of St James Major at St Sebaldus Church. Nuremberg, Germany.Carving of St James Major at St Sebaldus Church. Nuremberg, Germany.
    Baroque St James the Greater at Gößweinstein pilgrimage basilica. Gößweinstein, Germany.Statue of St James Major, Apostle, with his attributes a staff & scallop shells at St Aegidius parish church. Gmund am Tegernsee, Germany.Statue of St James on Cathedral. Reims, France.Statue of St James Major at Rouen Cathedral. Rouen, France.
    Baroque St James the Greater at Gößweinstein pilgrimage basilica. Gößweinstein, Germany.Statue of St James Major, Apostle, with his attributes a staff & scallop shells at St Aegidius parish church. Gmund am Tegernsee, Germany.Statue of St James on Cathedral. Reims, France.Statue of St James Major at Rouen Cathedral. Rouen, France.
    St Bartholomew, St James the Great, St Trophimus sculpted to left of portal of St Trophime church. Arles, France.Statues of saint with sword plus book & St James on facade of St-Sauveur Cathedral. Aix-en-Provence, France.Statue of St James Major at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Marseille, France.Reliefs of St Peter, St Andrew & St James Major at Jerpoint Abbey near Thomastown. Ireland.
    St Bartholomew, St James the Great, St Trophimus sculpted to left of portal of St Trophime church. Arles, France.Statues of saint with sword plus book & St James on facade of St-Sauveur Cathedral. Aix-en-Provence, France.Statue of St James Major at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Marseille, France.Reliefs of St Peter, St Andrew & St James Major at Jerpoint Abbey near Thomastown. Ireland.
    Stained glass St James the Greater with staff & water gourd in Christ Church Cathedral. Fredericton, NB.Mosaic including St James Major & St Peter carrying the Keys to the Kingdom in Palatine Chapel at Aachen Cathedral. Aachen, Germany.Legends of Charlemagne & Life of St James the Greater stained glass windows at Chartres Cathedral. Chartres, France.St James Greater & St Peter painting at St Lawrence Church. Nuremberg, Germany.
    Stained glass St James the Greater with staff & water gourd in Christ Church Cathedral. Fredericton, NB.Mosaic including St James Major & St Peter carrying the Keys to the Kingdom in Palatine Chapel at Aachen Cathedral. Aachen, Germany.Legends of Charlemagne & Life of St James the Greater stained glass windows at Chartres Cathedral. Chartres, France.St James Greater & St Peter painting at St Lawrence Church. Nuremberg, Germany.
    St James the Greater stained glass window in St Francis Cathedral. Santa Fe, NM.St James the Greater & St Gregory panel painting by Giovanni da Milano at Uffizi Gallery. Florence, Italy.Altarpiece panel of Saints Peter, Clara, James the Major & John the Evangelist by Pere Serra at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya at Museu. Barcelona, Spain.Virgin & Child with donor, St James, St, John the Baptist, St Nicholas & St Anthony Abbot painting by Niccoló di Pietro Gerini of Florence at Currier Museum of Art. Manchester, NH.
    St James the Greater stained glass window in St Francis Cathedral. Santa Fe, NM.St James the Greater & St Gregory panel painting (1360-5) by Giovanni da Milano at Uffizi Gallery. Florence, Italy.Altarpiece panel of Saints Peter, Clara, James the Major & John the Evangelist (c1385) by Pere Serra at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya at Museu. Barcelona, Spain.Virgin & Child with donor, St James, St, John the Baptist, St Nicholas & St Anthony Abbot painting (c1415) by Niccoló di Pietro Gerini of Florence at Currier Museum of Art. Manchester, NH.
    St James Major & Madonna & Child with Saints tempera altarpiece by Bartolomeo Vivarini at J. Paul Getty Museum Center. Malibu, CA.St James Major with Saints tempera altarpiece detail by Bartolomeo Vivarini at J. Paul Getty Museum Center. Malibu, CA.St Paul & St James the Elder tempura painting by Cristoforo Caselli at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Apostles James & Andrew on St Mary's Church spire at Indian River. PE.
    St James Major & Madonna & Child with Saints tempera altarpiece (1490) by Bartolomeo Vivarini at J. Paul Getty Museum Center. Malibu, CA.St James Major with Saints tempera altarpiece detail (1490) by Bartolomeo Vivarini at J. Paul Getty Museum Center. Malibu, CA.St Paul & St James the Elder tempura painting (c1499) by Cristoforo Caselli at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Apostles James & Andrew on St Mary's Church spire at Indian River. PE.
    Basilique Ste-Madeleine start of a route to Santiago de Compostella was founded by St Bernard. Vézelay, France.Eglise Saint-Jacques Le Majeur in Old Nice. Nice, France.Figure carrying cross & scallop shell, marking pilgrims on road to Santiago de Compostela, on building at Johann-Philippstr. & Brotstr. Trier, Germany.Apostles James Greater & Andrew painting by workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder at Coburg Castle. Coburg, Germany.
    Basilique Ste-Madeleine (1215) (UNESCO) start of a route to Santiago de Compostella was founded by St Bernard. Vézelay, France. Style: Romanesque-Gothic.Eglise Saint-Jacques Le Majeur (1642) in Old Nice. Nice, France. Style: Baroque. Architect: Jean-André Guibert.Figure carrying cross & scallop shell, marking pilgrims on road to Santiago de Compostela, on building at Johann-Philippstr. & Brotstr. Trier, Germany.Apostles James Greater & Andrew painting (c1515) by workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder at Coburg Castle. Coburg, Germany.
    Apostle James the Greater stone carving from southern France or Spain at Bode Museum. Berlin, Germany.Tower of Apostle James the Greater at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Apostle Jacob statue from St Stephan of Vienna at Historical Museum of City of Vienna. Vienna, Austria.St James the Greater painting by El Greco & others at Hispanic Society of America Museum. New York, NY.
    Apostle James the Greater stone carving (15thC) from southern France or Spain at Bode Museum. Berlin, Germany.Tower of Apostle James the Greater at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Apostle Jacob statue (c1375-80) from St Stephan of Vienna at Historical Museum of City of Vienna. Vienna, Austria.St James the Greater (c1610) painting by El Greco & others at Hispanic Society of America Museum. New York, NY.

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