Monday, July 3, 2017

Where next for Dali's iconic Christ of St John of the Cross artwork

By Douglas Barrie
World's envy: Painting when it returned to Glasgow from Atlanta in 2011. PA
GLASGOW---It was once voted Scotland's favourite painting and is widely regarded as one of the most famous yet controversial artworks in the world. Being such an iconic image to boot, it is the envy of the world and once again Salvador Dali's "Christ of St John of the Cross" will be loaned from its Glasgow home. Having resided at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2011 the piece will leave Scotland again this year for the Royal Academy of Arts in London this September. There it will be unveiled in October and remain in place until the summer of 2018. It was bought for around £8200 in 1952 and was previously estimated to be worth more than £80m when the Spanish Government made a bid for it in 2006. [More]
The inspiration came from another drawing by John of the Cross which was made in the 16th century. Dali painted Christ in 1951, and is pictured above with his fresh creation depicting the Crucifixion that was said to have been influenced by him in a dream.
"Christ of Saint John of the Cross" (1951) by Salvador Dali. Oil on canvas Dimensions 80.7 in × 45.67 in. Collection of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland