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The Prize

Original board by Salvador Dalì – "Chiesa e Impero" Divine Comedy Paradiso Canto VI (6).

Original board created using woodcut technique in color on BFK Rives paper. The board comes from the most important body of illustrative work ever made by the great Spanish master. This work is one of 100 boards from the three canticles, Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso.

Dalì took ten years - from 1950 to 1959 - to complete these boards, presenting them to the public in 1960 at the Palais Gallièra in Paris. The boards were made mainly using watercolor with additions in pen in an interpretation and reinvention of what the lines of the 'Divine Comedy' aroused in Dalí's visionary imagination. The result is shapes and colors that are both grotesque, irreverent, ironic, dramatic, sensual, ecstatic, allegorical and even graceful and sublime.

When discussing his woodcuts dedicated to The Divine Comedy, Salvador Dalí said "I wanted my illustrations for Dante to be like slight marks of moisture on a divine cheese. Hence their multicolored butterfly-winged appearance".

Subject of the Canto: In the II Heaven of Mercury. Justinian introduces himself to Dante. Digression on the history of the Roman Empire. Invective against the Guelphs and the Ghibellines. Condition of spirits working for earthly glory. Presentation of Romeo di Villanova.

Size of framed work: 37 x 45 cm

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Additional Details

  • In condition as donated.
Item #P57922

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