the death of rock by titus toledo

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“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.

hi ho!

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 form and manner as his savior was.

among other relevant readings:
footprints in parchment: rome versus christianity 30-313 AD by sanda sweeny silver, 2013
—the apocryphal acts of peter and paul

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  • Donna19
    Donna1912 months ago

    Congratulations, amazing creativity Titus

  • many thanks, ma’am. i am honored: hi ho!

    – titus toledo

  • titus toledo
    titus toledo12 months ago

    “the death of rock” just got featured in “if it doesn’t belong” (july 23, 2013).

    please visit the group page to see the rest of this week’s featured set.

    hi ho!

    titus toledo

  • Maraia
    Maraia12 months ago

    An impressive image, titus!

  • thanks, ma’am: hi ho!

    – titus toledo

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