Two of the lesser known saints, St. Philip and St. James (the Less), are celebrated together on May 1st. My purpose in producing the Lives of the Saints series is to bring the traditional saints to life in the modern, anti-religious, secular-dominated world of the early 21st Century. Episode Eight is illustrated with two watercolor and charcoal drawings by James Tissot, from his Life of Christ series at the Brooklyn Museum; two statues from the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Vatican, carved by two of Italy’s most celebrated artists in the early 18th Century; and a remarkable drawing of the death of St. James from the Menalogion of Basil II from the Vatican archives, based on the original work made in Constantinople around 1000 A.D. According to tradition, St. James was beaten to death with a Fuller’s Rod.
I’ve been busy this week completing several of the remaining episodes in the series, having finished Episode 15, celebrating the life of St. Luke. There is so little information and art available about the remaining two saints, Simon and Jude, that the final episode (No. 16) is bound to be very short. I hope to finish it next week.
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