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Dali piece returns to Kelvingrove
Christ of St John on the Cross
The painting was bought by the city council in 1952 for 8,200
One of Scotland's best loved paintings has been returned to its "spiritual home".

Salvador Dali's Christ Of St John Of The Cross has been re-hung at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery more than 50 years after it was first unveiled.

The painting was bought for 8,200 in 1952 and is now said to be worth tens of millions.

It had been exhibited at another city museum from 1993 but was returned to Kelvingrove to mark its reopening.

The art gallery and museum has undergone a three-year, 30m refurbishment and will open next month.

The piece by the Spanish surrealist artist, which shows the figure of Christ on the cross from above, was recently voted Scotland's best loved painting in a newspaper poll.

Carmelite friar

Glasgow Lord Provost Liz Cameron unveiled the work on Friday.

She described it as Glasgow's greatest painting and said Kelvingrove was its "spiritual home".

"This makes a trip to Kelvingrove all the more essential for any visitor to Glasgow," she added.

The title of the painting was said to have been inspired by a drawing made by a Spanish Carmelite friar who was canonised as St John of The Cross in the 16th Century.

It was made after the saint 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.

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