Christian Apostles & Disciples in Art Photos
Jesus called upon 12 Apostles as helpers. Statues representing Disciples often stand beside pillars along the naves of churches and hold their respective symbols which mostly represent devices of their respective martyrdoms. Since some symbols like clubs and spears are similar and artistic talents differ, it is sometimes difficult to tell Apostles apart. Furthermore, because of the betrayal of Christ by Judas, churches removed him as an Apostle and several replacements boosted the number of disciples to over 12 in total.
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|Apostle Groups Art|
Apostle, 1st Pope, Fisherman
Attrib. Keys to Kingdom, crucified upside down.
|Apostles Peter & Paul||St Peter & Saints|
Attrib. Laws of Kingdom, bald head, sword (beheaded).
Apostle, Peter's Brother, Fisherman
Attrib. X-shaped cross
|St James Greater, Apostle
Attrib. Scallop shell, walking staff, pilgrim's flask,
hat & cape
|St John, Apostle & Evangelist
Attrib. Eagle, Serpent on Chalice
|St James Less,
Attrib. Fuller's club
Attrib. Flensing knife (skinned alive).
Apostle (aka Doubting Thomas)
Attrib. Lance (stabbed in back)
Attrib. Tall cross
|St Jude Thaddeus,
Attrib. Club (perhaps, axe, sword, stones)
(aka the Zealot)
(cut in half)
|Judas Iscariot, Apostle
|St Matthias (replaced Judas Iscariot)
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