Dali’s painting will be leaving Kelvingrove in August for a trip abroad so take the time to see it before it goes. It was purchased by Glasgow Museums in 1952 and is an iconic image. The model for the figure of Christ was Russell Saunders a Canadian born Hollywood stuntman who was Gene Kelly’s body double in Singin’ in the Rain. He was chosen by Dali for his perfect physique.
There are no nails, no crown of thorns, nor other signs of physical torment because, Dali said, “My principal preoccupation was that my Christ would be as beautiful as the God that he is.” This is why he chose the 32 year old stuntman.
More interesting facts about this painting to follow…..