Before his death this past Spring, Gregg Allman commissioned a portrait of himself to be painted in his own blood and in the blood of his children.
Prints of the original, which is now on display at the Grammy Museum, will be packaged with deluxe CD/DVD or vinyl editions of Allman's final studio album, Southern Blood, which was released today, September 8.
"The story, the new album, the painting and my dad's fight to keep playing music represent his dedication, passion and contribution, not only metaphorically by giving his blood to the fans for decades, but literally," said Allman's daughter Layla Allman in a statement.
Allman, who died on May 27, reportedly approached surrealist painter Vincent Castiglia in 2015 to do the portrait, which was based on a photograph of Allman by Neal Preston.
Castiglia says he stored vials of Allman's blood in his refrigerator for more than a year before beginning the portrait this summer. He says Allman's death gave the project new meaning.
"This is the single most important work I've ever painted," Castiglia says in a news release. "When Gregg shipped me the vials of his blood, no one could have foreseen what was to come—that ultimately the painting wouldn't be created until after his passing."
Castiglia added that the process "was one of the most emotively intense experiences" of his career.
Photo: Instagram / Vincent_Castiglia