Religious Paintings with a Modern Twist, Part III (last one of the series)

To follow-up my last 2 posts (Religious Paintings with a Modern Twist – this post has an explanation of my conceptual ideas / themes for this small series and the first work / Religious Paintings with a Modern Twist, Part II – has the second work) here is part III.  For this one I did a version of the Crucifixion of St. Peter:

The Crucifixion of St. Peter

The Crucifixion of St. Peter

The Crucifixion of St. Peter


Mixed Media on Wood

For media, just like the other 2 in this series, I utilized; acrylics with Photoshopped / collaged pictures in the the background, St. Peter is acrylic / color pencil / graphite on paper, and the hair / loin cloth is a Photoshop manipulated texture on paper, cut and collaged, with and acrylic glaze.  The hardest part of this piece was making the cross.  It is constructed of two small thin panels that I cut and put together.

For concept / theme with The Crucifixion of St. Peter: First, I did want the shock value of the upside down cross.  I liked the idea that people would (hopefully) investigate this piece more because of the shock value and find it is the complete opposite of what the shock implies.  Second, the piece goes along with the “superhero” idea in human proportions / design.  I based the physical features on the Vitruvian Man with a good measure of superhero muscles thrown in.  In his expression, I wanted a tough defiance, a “I can take all the pain you throw at me” look.

In terms of St. Peter’s iconography, here is a short break down:

Peter, visually in art, is known for his bald head (but hair at the sides), a short stubby beard, and a large / tall stature.  Other classic symbols included are; keys (Peter is often depicted with keys representing the keys to the kingdom of heaven), Rocks are the background images (Peter is the rock on which Christ built his church), the rope / nails / loin cloth / hair is a Photoshopped fish scale texture (Peter is often depicted with fish for both it’s symbolism to Christianity in general but to his past as a fisherman)

Also, I used the following works as my inspiration for the piece:

Caravaggio’s version-


Michelangelo’s Version-


and Lippi’s version-


Thanks, that all for the Religious paintings right now, but I hope create new work for this series in the future.



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