painting - Christ of Saint John of the Cross

painting - Christ of Saint John of the Cross
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In 1993, the painting was moved to the city s St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, but returned painting Christ of Saint John of the Cross to Kelvingrove for its reopening in July 2006. The composition of Christ is also based on a triangle and circle painting (the triangle is formed by Christ s arms; the circle is formed by Christ s head).

Although it is a depiction of the crucifixion, it is devoid of nails, blood, and a crown of thorns, because, according to painting The Birth of Venus Botticelli Dalí, he was convinced by a dream that these features would mar his depiction of Christ. It won a poll to decide Scotland s favorite painting in 2006, with 29% of the vote. The Spanish government is said to have offered £80 million for the painting, but the offer was turned down. .

It depicts Jesus Christ on the cross in a darkened sky floating over a body of water complete with a boat and fishermen. In 1961, the canvas was damaged by a visitor to the museum (using a brick) because the viewpoint of the artist was looking down rather than up on the subject.

It has since been successfully restored. Christ of Saint John of the Cross is a painting by Salvador Dalí made in 1951.

The triangle, since it has three sides, can be seen as a reference to the Trinity, and the circle may be an allusion to Platonic thought. The painting and intellectual property rights were acquired by Glasgow Corporation in the early 1950s for £8,200, a price considered high at the time. Also in a dream, the importance of depicting Christ in the extreme angle evident in the painting was revealed to him. The painting is known as the Christ of Saint John of the Cross, because its design is based on a drawing by the 16th century Spanish friar Saint John of the Cross.