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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dalí, Salvador


The Dream of Christopher Columbus
1958-59
oil on canvas
410 cm × 284 cm (161.4 in × 111.8 in)
Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

Salvador Domènec Felip Jacint Dalí i Domènech, Marquis de Púbol (1904 – 1989), known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish Catalan surrealist painter.
This work is an ambitious homage to Dali's Spain.
It combines Spanish history, religion, art, and myth into a unified whole.
Columbus is depicted not as a middle-aged mariner, but as an adolescent boy in a classical robe to symbolize America as a young continent with its best years ahead of it.
The banner that Columbus is holding bears the likeness of Dali's wife, Gala.
Dalí, in a period of intense interest in Roman Catholic mysticism, symbolically portrayed Columbus bringing Christianity and the true church to a new world as a great and holy accomplishment.