PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 07:15, Tue, Aug 11, 2020
Jeremy Vine, 55, has admitted that he became fascinated by a famous painting after finding out it was hanging in a gallery near the BBC studio where Eggheads is filmed in Glasgow. The Jeremy Vine Show host was alerted to the masterpiece’s location when Salvador Dalí came up as a question on the game show.
Jeremy explained: “Recording Eggheads was a b****y punishing routine.
“You started at 8am and finished around 8pm but, because of the efficiencies of TV, you’d do five shows a day for 14 days straight, with one day off in the middle.
“Salvador Dalí had come up as a question on the show, and one of the Eggheads said, ‘One of his most famous paintings is round the corner from here at the Kelvingrove [Art Gallery and Museum],’ and so I thought, ‘I’m going to see that the first chance I get.’”
Jeremy then discovered the painting was the artist’s famous work, entitled Christ of Saint John of the Cross, which had sentimental value to him.
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Jeremy Vine in behind the scenes Eggheads news (Image: BBC•GETTY)
Jeremy Vine became fascinated by a famous painting near the Eggheads studio (Image: BBC)
He divulged in this week’s edition of Radio Times: “Amazingly, it turned out to be Christ of Saint John of the Cross.
“It was the favourite painting of an old English teacher of mine and I’d seen a picture of it at his house and never forgotten it.”
The Channel 5 host recalled: “The room it’s hung in [at the gallery] is quite poky, but that makes it more dramatic and, because your heart would soar on your day off, I was in what could be described as a heightened state when I saw it for real.”
Jeremy went on to describe his connection to the work of art as a “relationship” which led him to purchase a full-scale copy that now hangs in his study.
Jeremy Vine bought a copy of the famous painting