Tuesday 21 August 2018

Pieces of St. Thomas and St. Joseph

When visiting several churches and musea in Tuscany, Italy, we discovered some pieces of the patron saints of the woodworkers: Saint Thomas and Saint Joseph. The reliquary of St. Thomas likely contained another arm bone (his skeleton in Ortona is missing several arm bones), while that of St. Joseph contained an unknown piece of him. The containers for the reliquaries were 'modern', dating from the 17th and 18th century.

Reliquary of Saint Thomas (Tommaso), third quarter of the 17th century, gilded bronze.
 Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, Italy.

Reliquary of Saint Joseph (Giuseppe), 18th century. 
San Gimignano Museum of Sacred Art,  San Gimignano, Italy.