Saint James

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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, St. James the Elder, 1661, oil on canvas, 92 x 75 cm, private collection

James, also called James the Greater, was the brother of John the Evangelist, and an apostle of Christ.  He was present for the Transfiguration and the Agony in the garden.  He was the first apostle to be martyred, and his body was brought by his disciples to Spain where it became an important pilgrimage site (Santiago di Compostela).

Aside from those seen here, other attributes can include a book, sword, and sack.  Another common depiction of him is on horseback defeating Moors.