St Peter


Matthew Greenburgh: St. Peter

Red oak - Quercus rubra

120x200cm - edition of 4 plus artist’s proof
60x100cm - edition of 5

St Peter chose to be crucified upside-down so as not to mimic Jesus. There are many outstanding paintings of this, often showing great genius in the depiction of the complex forms involved. In my picture, I want to bring out the single-minded determination behind St Peter's decision in the face of such an horrendous death. As an atheist, the lesson I take is to try to plan one's own final moments, if at all possible.





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Crucifixion of St Peter, Guido Reni, 1605

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