Spanish Baroque Art
Francisco Ribalta
The Discovery of the Body of Saint James (1603)
Iglesia de San Jaime Apóstol, Algemesí, Spain

According to medieval legend, the apostle Saint James the Greater brought Christianity to the Celts in the Iberian Peninsula. In 44 AD he was beheaded in Jerusalem. His remains were later brought back to Galicia, Spain. Following Roman persecutions of Spanish Christians, his tomb was abandoned in the 3rd century. In 813 the light of a bright star guided a shepherd who was watching his flock at night to the burial site in Compostela. The shepherd quickly reported his discovery to Theodomirus, Bishop of Iria. The bishop declared that the remains were those of the apostle James and immediately notified King Alfonso II of Asturias. To honour Saint James, the famous Santiago de Compostela Cathedral was built on the spot where his remains were said to have been found.

Francisco Ribalta

The Discovery of the Body of Saint James (1603)

Iglesia de San Jaime Apóstol, Algemesí, Spain

According to medieval legend, the apostle Saint James the Greater brought Christianity to the Celts in the Iberian Peninsula. In 44 AD he was beheaded in Jerusalem. His remains were later brought back to Galicia, Spain. Following Roman persecutions of Spanish Christians, his tomb was abandoned in the 3rd century. In 813 the light of a bright star guided a shepherd who was watching his flock at night to the burial site in Compostela. The shepherd quickly reported his discovery to Theodomirus, Bishop of Iria. The bishop declared that the remains were those of the apostle James and immediately notified King Alfonso II of Asturias. To honour Saint James, the famous Santiago de Compostela Cathedral was built on the spot where his remains were said to have been found.

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