Peter Howson Painting on Display at St Mungo Museum
A painting by renowned Scottish artist Peter Howson depicting the crucifixion of Christ is going on display at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art from Friday 11 January 2013. The work, which was completed in 2010 has been loaned to Glasgow Museums for at least a year by its owner and depicts Jesus in the pose of crucifixion, without the cross.
The painting is more than two metres high and just over two metres wide and has been described as one of the most dramatic Peter Howson has painted to date of Christ. St Mungo Museum hosted an exhibition of works by Peter Howson in 2009 which featured 20 paintings which highlighted the suffering of those who face poverty and oppression around the world.
The painting was originally part of a London exhibition of new works by Peter Howson in 2010. The owners have always been keen to see the painting going back on public display so as many people as possible can continue to appreciate and enjoy it.
St Mungo Museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary as one of just a handful around the world dedicated to religious life and art. Its galleries are full of displays which explore the importance of religion in peoples’ lives across the world. The venue aims to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and of none.
Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life said: “This is a striking work by one of Scotland’s best known living artists which will surprise and intrigue visitors to the St Mungo Museum. Much of Peter Howson’s recent work has explored religious themes and the loan of this imposing painting will help visitors to do the same.”