Saint James (1961) Adriaan van der Plas

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About the artwork

Sint Jacobus is the name giver of this school. This facade relief Saint James depicts the saint with a sword, symbolizing the struggle he waged to spread Christianity. At his feet is a castle, a symbol of Jerusalem, and a horse. His hands are robust, his face is angular and tight. Saint James is one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. Apostle James bears the name "the Greater" to distinguish him from another apostle, who is called James the Lesser. After the death of Christ, Saint James the Great became a fiery preacher of the teachings of Jesus in the Holy Land and became head of the Christian congregation in Jerusalem. He would also have preached the gospel in Spain. After his death, his sarcophagus is said to have been thrown into the sea and washed ashore in northern Spanish art. A city was founded with its name, Santiago de Compostela (Saint James is Sant Iago in Spanish), which has become a special place of pilgrimage. This facade relief was made by sculptor Adriaan van der Plas in the percentage scheme for the construction of the school. At the Jacobusschool you can also find a facing brick by Teun Jacob, namely Children with fish.

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About the artist

Adriaan van der Plas (Rotterdam, 1899 - Kerkrade, 1974) specialized in religious art and design. He studied at the Rotterdam art academy. Van der Plas received a bronze medal for nude model drawing and he received a Royal Grant three times. From 1921 to 1923 he made study trips through Europe and then settled in Rotterdam for good. He drew fine and with care, made prints and paintings, also wall paintings for De Doelen in 1935, a cross road for the St. Bavo in Heemstede. In 1940 he made the mural 'Viribus Unitis' for the emergency store of the Jungerhans family on Mathenesserlaan.

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