Dali in focus at first meeting of North Bute ‘Lit’

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, home to Salvador Dali's painting, Christ of St John of the Cross, since 1952.
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, home to Salvador Dali's painting, Christ of St John of the Cross, since 1952.

Father Michael Hutson of St Andrew’s Church in Rothesay led a discussion on the personality, character and religious influences of the artist Salvador Dali at the first meeting of North Bute Literary Society’s 2014-15 season.

Father Michael used references to two of Dali’s most famous paintings, Christ of St John of the Cross (1951) and The Hallucinogenic Toreador (1970), and also the 16th century sketch drawing of the crucified Christ made by the Carmelite priest who became St John of the Cross.

He wove biographical details of Dali’s life into his explanation of particular features of the two paintings in a fascinating talk which left the audience with much food for thought, with many planning a return visit to view the Christ of St John of the Cross at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

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