St Thaddaeus
St Thaddaeus

St Thaddaeus

Author: N / A

Created: late 19th century.

Material / technique: wood carving, polychrome.  

Dimensions: high - 44 cm.

St Jude Thaddaeus is an apostle, a relative of Jesus Christ, and a brother of St James the Less. He was brought up devoutly and followed Christ’s teachings from an early age. He wrote an Epistle in which he warned about heretics, urged people to be vigilant and to fight for the faith entrusted by Christ to believers. He was exceptionally zealous and passionate about the salvation of Christ and our souls.

St Jude is usually depicted with the Saviour’s picture, with which he cured King Abgar from leprosy. Other attributes – an axe, poleax, set square and a long cross, which means that he died as a martyr.


St Jude Thaddaeus the Apostle preached the Gospel in Samaria, Syria, Mesopotamia and Armenia. In 62 AD he returned to Jerusalem and after a short respite he travelled to the Caucasus. At Mount Ararat he was shot at by the pagans. (Motiejus Valančius, „Pradžia ir išsiplėtimas katalikų tikėjimo“, Raštai 3, 2006, Vilnius, p. 611)

St Jude, otherwise Thaddaeus or Jude of James, was one of the Lord’s apostles. He was full of gifts from the Holy Spirit, travelled Mesopotamia, then Persia where he laid his head for the faith of Jesus Christ. (Motiejus Valančius, „Žyvatai šventųjų“, Raštai 2, 2006, p. 275–277)

Reference: "The Lithuanian art collection of Jaunius Gumbis". Museum and Collector - 6. Vilnius: National Museum of Lithuania, 2016, Kat. No, P. 246.

Exhibition: Exhibition of the collection of Lithuanian art of dr. Jaunius Gumbis "Collected and Preserved", September 2016 - January 2017, National Museum of Lithuania, Vilnius.

Published: "The Lithuanian art collection of Jaunius Gumbis". Museum and Collector - 6. Vilnius: National Museum of Lithuania, 2016, Kat. No, P. 247.