Salvador Dali's 'Christ of Saint John of the Cross' (1951) as observed at the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art. It depicts Jesus Christ on the cross in a darkened sky floating over a body of water complete with a boat and fishermen.🌟 .
(as also observed)
Many visitors stood with heads bowed in prayer and reverence in the section designated to this work of art!
The description that went with it, as below, for your reading pleasure.👓 . . .
DALI AND RELIGION
During world war 2, Dali fled to America. He returned to Spain in 1948 despite the fact that General Franco was ruling the country as a dictator at the time, and had declared himself the defender of Catholism against Marxism and modernity.
Earlier in life, Dali moved away from the Roman Catholic faith he was brought up in, but he now decided to become a practicing Catholic again. In 1949, he was granted an audience with Pope Pius XII; Dali sought and was given approval for his new religious themes.
Dali had studied nuclear physics, and felt that the discovery of the atomic nature of the universe proved the existence of God. He saw himself as the first artist to paint pictures that would combine science with religious belief and called the Nuclear Mysticism.
In 1951, he published his Mystical Manifesto and announced his intention to paint an ambitious Crucifixion with the words, "I want my next Christ to be the painting containing the most beauty and joy, more than anything that will have been painted upto the present." .
A shot I took in the Glasgow Art Museum. I loved the light contrast and how the chair sat in perfect symmetry between the handmade glass alcove. I think it made for an interesting abstract view and came out very geometric.