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Friday, June 02, 2006

Painting Returns to Kelvingrove

One of Scotland's best loved paintings is returning "home" to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow.

Salvador Dali's Christ Of St John Of The Cross will be re-hung at the Galleries more than 50 years after it was first unveiled. Bought for £8,200 in 1952, it is now said to be worth tens of millions of pounds.

The painting has been shown at another Glasgow museum since 1993 but will return to Kelvingrove to mark its reopening. The painting, depicting the figure of Christ on the cross from above, was voted Scotland's best loved painting in a recent poll in The Herald.

The title of the painting was said to have been inspired by a drawing made by a Spanish Carmelite friar, canonised as St John of The Cross in the 16th Century, and made after he had a vision in which he saw the crucifixion from above.

Dali painted his crucifixion scene set above the rocky harbour of his home village of Port Lligat in Spain.

Kelvingrove art gallery and museum will reopenin July after a three-year refurbishment programme.

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