Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

The apostle Simon

oil on canvas (98 × 79 cm) — 1661 Museum Kunsthaus, Zürich

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to Luke 6:15

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The apostle Simon. In the gospel of St Luke he is called 'Zelotes' or 'the Zealot'. Hence Simon the Zealous.

In other Greek writings he is called 'ho kananitès' or 'ho kananaios'. Writers such as Jerome thought it meant that Simon was from Kana. Others consider it a mistranslation of the Hebrew word for zealous.

He died as a martyr. In some traditions he was killed with a saw, in others he was crucified. In art he has two attributes, a saw and a cross.

Here Rembrandt depicted him holding a saw, the blade pointing down.

Rembrandt's 1661 apostles series:

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