Salvador Dali’s masterpiece will be on display in the Spanish Gallery

A Salvador Dali masterpiece on loan from the Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland will help tell the story of the Spanish Golden Age during a five-month installation.

His artwork titled Christ of St John of the Cross has been transported to its temporary home in County Durham and will be displayed with Christ on the Cross of El Greco – uniting the two Spanish masterpiece.

El Greco depicts Christ as a person who lives with strong contrasts of light that speak to the experience of suffering, forcing the viewer to face Christ’s suffering.


Dr Jo Meacock, curator from the Glasgow Museum of Art and Morlin Ellis, curator at the Hispanic Gallery in Bishop Auckland (Owen Humphreys/PA)

While Dali portrays a beautiful but unnamed character from above, emphasizing his role as the Son of God and the importance of his sacrifice.

Auckland Project founder Jonathan Ruffer thanked the Glasgow Life Museum for the “fantastic generosity” for lending the painting, adding that “just a real thank you is not enough”.

He told the PA news agency: “I have always believed in the power of the absurd and one of the reasons we have a Spanish gallery is because it is unlikely that such a thing will happen.

“To have a painting as important as Dali’s is truly a wonderful thing.

“The Spanish Gallery of Spain’s Golden Age really took place in the 1590s and was probably completed 70 or 80 years later.

Salvador Dali painting installed
Christ of St John of the Cross (Owen Humphreys / PA)

“We are telling a story and the Dali painting really helps us tell that story. The crucifixion is perhaps the most painted of all the religious images in the world.

“Christ’s death was a really central thing in the 1600s and here we have someone painting a picture that in the 1950s was a very trendy thing to do, and almost the only thing to do. doing it with the sense of realism that Dali gives so it begs the question of what that painting is about and if you stand next to El Greco, whose pictures of the crucifixion have supernatural powers often, it begs the question of what you will see when you look at these things.

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“It doesn’t just stop at two pictures in front of you and it becomes about you, what you will see when you look at it.”

The masterpiece arrived on Tuesday before going on public display at the gallery from July 9 to December 4.

Speaking of seeing the masterpiece for the first time, Mr Ruffer added: “It’s bigger than you think, we’re used to seeing it on a postcard.

“I went on vacation to Croatia three or four years ago and there is a tattoo parlor on the street and you can choose between 15 different things to get tattooed, one of which is Dali’s crucifixion, how about being famous? .”

The Spanish Gallery was the UK’s first gallery dedicated to the art, history and culture of Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries and was officially opened by the Queen of Spain.

Duncan Dornan, head of Glasgow Life Museums and Collections, said: “Exhibiting this precious painting in a new way has allowed us to broaden our understanding of the incredible artist, Salvador Dali, who painted this iconic piece of art. city.

“Glasgow’s art collection is widely regarded as one of the finest in Europe and the lending of key works allows people across the country to access and enjoy them, strengthening the we.”

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