October 28 is the feast day of Saints Simon and Jude (also known as Thaddeus).

October 28 is the feast day of Saints Simon and Jude (also known as Thaddeus). Both apostles, Simon can be identified by his attribute of the saw, since he was supposedly cut to pieces; and Jude, by his club or carpenter’s rule. St. Simon is the patron saint of tanners; Jude, of desperate cases and lost causes.


Workshop of Simone Martini, Saint Thaddeus, c. 1320, tempera on panel, Washington: National Gallery of Art, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1952.5.26

Workshop of Simone Martini, Saint Simon, c. 1320, tempera on panel, Washington: National Gallery of Art, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1952.5.24

Federico Barocci, Virgin and Child with Saints Simon and Jude, ca. 1567. Urbino: Galleria Nazionale delle Marche.

Francesco Moratti, St. Simon, 1708-09, marble, San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome

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