Peter Paul Rubens 1577 – 1640

St James the Minor

oil on panel (108 × 84 cm) — 1612-1613 Museum Museo del Prado, Madrid

Peter Paul Rubens biography

This work is linked to James 1:1

Around 1612 Rubens made a series of portraits of the apostles, in commission of the duke of Lerma. James the Minor is identified by his attribute: a fuller's hammer. Legend has it that James was killed with his own tool.

In the roman-catholic tradition the apostle James the Minor is considered the author of the Epistle of James.

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