A later copy after the original canvas attributed to Van Dyck in the Musée des Beaux Arts, Brussels.1
Saint Peter, out of humility, asked his tormentors to crucify him head downwards so as not to die in the same way as Christ. Van Dyck must have seen this subject as a challenge: to paint an old man upside down only moments before his death, while still retaining his dignity. The original Brussels canvas by Van Dyck is dated to around 1615–16. This was very early in the young Van Dyck's career and the rough execution of the Brussels picture perhaps indicates that the young artist was trying to emulate the manner of the much-admired Italians; he strove to combine Caravaggio's realism with Titian's powerful palette.
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