Salvador Dali (1904-1989) - Christ of St John of the Cross (1951)
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This is one of Dali's most popular and moving works - currently held in the Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow.
The perspective is amazing, as Dali looks down on the crucified Christ, but we have a scene underneath, which is clearly painted from a front perspective. Christ is not harmed by the nails in his hands, there is no blood and he does not wear a crown of thorns. The painting was reportedly vandalised by someone in 1961, as they took offence at the perspective - looking down on Christ.
The scene at the base of the painting is from Port Lligat, a place that inspired Dali throughout his art career. The people beside the boat are derived from a picture by Le Nain and from a drawing by Velazquez for The Surrender of Breda.