Cross over this dilly Dali

IT LOOKS that the summer slump may have come early. Hungry for news of anything that could be construed as Papal visit related—and deemed controversial in any way—the media is having a field day.

Salvador Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross is one of Glasgow’s artistic and cultural gems, that is not being disputed. The furore over the fact that the £80 million painting is leaving the country tomorrow on loan to Atlanta, Georgia in the US—and will not be here during the Papal visit to Scotland on September 16—is blowing the matter way out of proportion.

The loan of the Dali has been on the cards for some time, arranged ahead of the announcement of the Pope’s arrival. Galleries loan items from their collections, this is nothing new as that is the way the art world works. Scotland, and Glasgow in particular, has benefited from many visiting pieces and exhibitions. Where is the Christian spirit now it is our turn to reciprocate?

Certainly when Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was closed for a three-year refurbishment in the early 2000s the city felt its loss and there is no doubt the Dali is the jewel in the gallery’s crown. However, the painting will not be on display in Scotland for just six-months this time, not an extended three-year period.

And, as far a Cross Wires is aware, a visit to Kelvingrove was not on Pope Benedict’s busy itinerary while in Scotland.

But for those of you who will miss the painting regardless, here it is.

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