06 April, 2007

Crucifixion

The Crucifixion of Saint Peter
1600
Caravaggio
Oil on canvas, 230 x 175 cm
Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome

The work of Christ on the cross was complete for the expiation of man's sin, but that didn't mean that the work of existence was through. Witness what happened to Peter, according to early tradition of his death in Rome. Peter is supposed to have opted for an inverted version of Christ's death on the cross. Is there a better tale of humility available anywhere?

On the subject of Caravaggio, please take the time to read the short biography at the link. Not your poster child for Christian behavior, that's for sure. Regarding his art, he was a great Italian artist of the Baroque movement. I regard his art to be a great example of figurative work, and when I take that up again, he will be the "go to" guy.

Interesting reference about The Crucifixion of Saint Peter painting here.










2 comments:

Angela said...

What a meaningful piece! I know that you didn't make it but it's wonderful that you are posting it! Thanks for sharing!
*HUGS*

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks Angela, and thanks to all my readers and friends.

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