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St. James of the Marches

St. James of the Marches - Museum Religious Art Classics

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Artist: Francisco de Zurbarán – c. 1659 – 1610

The Franciscan friar Jacopo della Marca (1391-1476) was known for his reforming zeal and for his involvement in a complex debate on the divinity of Christ’s blood, shed during the Passion. This artwork scene refers to this episode and is one of a series of four paintings executed for the chapel of San Diego in Alcalá de Henares, a project in which Alonso Cano was also involved.

St. James was beatified by Urban VIII in 1624 and was canonized by Benedict XIII in 1726. Naples venerates him as one of its patron saints.

His feast day is November 28.

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