“the death of rock” by titus toledo
“when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and take you where you do not want to go.” –john 21:18-19
digitally retooled acrylic, circa 1989.
alternate title: “the unworthy”*
from the mixed-media series “apostulates” by titus toledo.
*the inverted crucifix, or the petrine cross, is generally accepted in the catholic tradition as a symbol of st. peter (“the rock”, prince of the apostles, and founder of the holy see of rome), who is said to have specifically requested this form of crucifixion– with “his head downwards and his feet upwards, as he himself had desired to suffer”– because he saw himself unworthy to be crucified after the same manner as his savior was.
among other relevant readings:
–footprints in parchment: rome versus christianity 30-313 AD by sanda sweeny silver, 2013: http://goo.gl/g2wL7
–the apocryphal acts of peter and paul: http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0815.htm
–catholic online’s entry on st. peter: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=5358
–wikipedia’s entry on st. peter: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Peter#cite_note-10
–wikipedia’s entry on the petrine cross: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_of_St._Peter
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