This beautiful Baroque Style Oil Painting of Apostle St. Jude (Judas Thaddaeus) by Josef Hunstiger is in magnificent condition. It dates back to 1945. It is a vivid depiction of Jesus Apostle - not to mistake with Judas Iscariot - and it has vibrant colors and intricate details.
About the artist:
01.11 1889 Hoxter (Germany)
02.11 1960 Paderborn (Germany)
Josef Hunstiger attended the Academy of Arts in Dusseldorf from 1908 to 1914. He studied with G. Keller, W. Sparrow and F. Kieberich. Since 1918 he lived in Paderborn, where he worked as a freelance artist. He was famous for his religious motives - such as Madonnas, monumental altarpieces and way of the cross designs. He painted numerous Paderborn citizens such as Canon Prof. Alois Fuchs. His portraits characterize the personality of the depicted and including their social environment. His works also include mythological scenes and historical paintings (including meeting of Charlemagne with Leo III.)
About St. Jude (Judas Thaddaeus):
St. Jude, known as Thaddaeus, was a brother of St. James the Less, and a relative of Our Saviour. St. Jude was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus.
Ancient writers tell us that he preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lybia. According to Eusebius, he returned to Jerusalem in the year 62, and assisted at the election of his brother, St. Simeon, as Bishop of Jerusalem.
He is an author of an epistle (letter) to the Churches of the East, particularly the Jewish converts, directed against the heresies of the Simonians, Nicolaites, and Gnostics. This Apostle is said to have suffered martyrdom in Armenia, which was then subject to Persia. The final conversion of the Armenian nation to Christianity did not take place until the third century of our era.
Jude was the one who asked Jesus at the Last Supper why He would not manifest Himself to the whole world after His resurrection. Little else is known of his life. Legend claims that he visited Beirut and Edessa; possibly martyred with St. Simon in Persia.
Jude is invoked in desperate situations because his New Testament letter stresses that the faithful should persevere in the environment of harsh, difficult circumstances, just as their forefathers had done before them. Therefore, he is the patron saint of desperate cases and his feast day is October 28. Saint Jude is not the same person as Judas Iscariot who betrayed Our Lord and despaired because of his great sin and lack of trust in God's mercy.
Measurements: painting - 28 1/2 X 20 inch ; frame 32 1/2 X 24 inch
Condition: In very good condition. No craquelure. PLEASE SEE PICTURES
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