Collection: St. Simon

ARTIST: Museum Religious Art Classics


Artist: Peter Paul Rubens – c. 1611

Around 1612 Rubens made a series of portraits of the apostles, in commission of the duke of Lerma. All are identified by an attribute. Simon holds a saw in his left hand. According to tradition he was put to death with a saw.

The Bible doesn't say much about this Simon. He is only mentioned in lists of all apostles. To distinguish him from Peter, who was also called Simon, this Simon was called Simon the Zealot.

His feast day is October 28.