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Sun, Jan 13th - 5:47AM

Saint Matthias by Peter Paul Rubens





This panel belongs to a series of portraits Rubens made of the apostles about 1611. The axe in his hand refers to his death. According to an unconfirmed story Matthias was first stoned and then beheaded, in Jerusalem.

After Judas' departure the apostles felt they should be twelve again. There were two candidates: a Joseph and a certain Matthias who was chosen after lots were cast. The account is told in Acts 1.




Saint Matthias



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