This original painting was one of my "pandemic pieces". Generally I work on commission my work is essentially sold before I begin. With the onset of Covid, commissions dried up and I found myself with time on my hands. One thing that has always bothered me about the lexicon of artwork dealing with the crucifixion of St. Peter is the depiction of the entire cross turned upside down. When St. Peter asked to be crucified upside down, there is just no way that the Romans, rough soldiers that they were, would have expended the effort to turn the entire cross upside down and even less that they would have extended the upper part of the cross so that St. Peter's shoulders weren't resting on the ground. They would have simply nailed his feet to the crossbar and secured his hands at the base. It is this that I have depicted in the painting.
Fortunately, Once things settled down I was able to find a home for this piece of religious art with the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter where I hope it provides fertile ground for fruitful meditation.