Apostle James the Less is a saint, one of the twelve apostles who played an important role in accepting new Christians to the community of believers. He suggested a compromise for the pagans who became new Christians – not to observe the ritualistic Judaic oaths. The apocrific gospel which extols the chastity of the Blessed Virgin Marty is attributed to James the Less. The most important work is considered a general letter which belongs to the New Testament canon, which emphasises the importance of testifying the Christian faith with one’s life, because faith without good works is allegedly dead. James the Less is considered to be a cousin of Jesus Christ, therefore is portrayed like him. His attribute is a club, with which he was killed.


  • Title: Apostle St James Junior
  • Creator: Franciszek Smuglewicz, Smuglewicz
  • Date Created: late 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 107 cm x 77 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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