Art Walks: Glasgow


Kelvingrove Museum

Exterior and interior of the Kelvingrove Museum

Step 1 - Kelvingrove Museum

Start at the magnificent Kelvingrove Museum with Scotland's best-loved painting. It's situated on the first floor of the museum and called Christ of St John on the Cross, painted by Salvador Dali in the summer of 1951, at his home in Port Lligat in Spain.

The painting is hung at the end of a long corridor so the image looms into view as you walks towards it. When Dali first exhibited it in London, it stunned audiences more used to his surreal visions of melting clocks and dream landscapes - this subject matter was far more traditional and totally unexpected. The painting was bought in 1952, just a year after completion and caused controversy for its £8,200 price tag. Now it is hugely popular and recently topped a poll for Scotland's favourite painting. Find out more about Dali and this painting.

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Key: Walk Walk   Step Step   Landmark Landmark
  • Time: 2hrs 30mins
  • Start: Kelvingrove Museum
  • Finish: The Gallery of Modern Art
  • Distance: 2.92 miles
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