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Dali! El Greco! Vamos!

The Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland have pulled off a real coup this summer by bringing two of the most famous depictions of Christ together.

This is quite something. On loan from Glasgow is one of the most famous paintings held by any gallery in the UK, and it is, of course, Dali’s ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’. It’s being shown alongside El Greco’s ‘Christ on the Cross’. The display celebrates two of the most original and idiosyncratic painters who ever lived and their take on one of the most the enduring subjects in the history of art. Separated by nearly 350 years, both artists were innovative in their own time – El Greco with his deeply expressive use of exaggerated form and colour, and Dali with his dream-like compositions rendered in lucid detail. This is the first time the Dali painting has been exhibited in the north-east and should not be missed.

Dali/El Greco: Christ on the Cross, until 4 December, The Spanish Gallery, Bishop Auckland. https://aucklandproject.org/venues/spanish-gallery