The Battle of St. James The Greater at Clavijo

A work made of engraving on paper.
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Date:

n.d.

Artist:

school of Martin Schongauer
German, c. 1450-1491

About this artwork

Saint James the Greater (died a.d. 44) was one of Christ’s apostles and the patron saint of Spain. He was said to have miraculously appeared, sword in hand, to help the Christian Spaniards defeat a Muslim army in a.d. 844—a battle that in fact never happened. The scene here abounds in gritty details such as the beheaded enemy corpse and various dismembered limbs. The saint wears a scallop shell on his hat, an allusion to the sign pilgrims wore on their long journey to revere his relics at the Spanish cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

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Artist

School of Martin Schongauer

Title

The Battle of St. James The Greater at Clavijo

Origin

Germany

Date

1450–1491

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

287 × 423 mm (sheet trimmed within plate mark)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.920

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