The sculpture of St. James the Great was made by Franciszek Feeg in 1776. The funder of the high altar, and therefore its sculptural decoration, was Jan Joanelli of Tolvano. The altar and its sculptures are examples of so-called Rococo of Spiš – a style that gradually developed from the 1740s and was characterised by exceptional decorativeness of means of expression. The creativity of these artists from Kežmarok was the culmination of that style St. James was a fisherman, son of Zebedee and Salome, brother of St. John the Evangelist. The brothers were chosen by Christ as his disciples, while they were fishing (Mt 4, 21-22). They received the nickname Boanerges, i.e. the Sons of Thunder. Saint James died of beheading with a sword during the reign of Herod Agrippa I.
Maria Działo, "St. Roch (sculpture)", [in:] "The Sacred Lesser Poland Heritage", 2023, source: https://sdm.upjp2.edu.pl/en/works/st-roch-sculpture