Salvador Dalí, ‘A Woman Clothed With The Sun’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘A Woman Clothed With The Sun’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

The title of this work refers to a passage from the Book of Revelations. According to the text, there will be a sign of a woman clothed in sun with a moon beneath her feet and a crown of twelve stars above her head. Dali shows this woman in the center in grey with a circle of orange and red around her symbolizing the sun. The repeated swirls around the woman draws attention to her and conveys a sense of wonder.

Series: From the Biblia Sacra Suite: the largest suite of prints ever produced by Salvador Dali

Signature: Signed in the plate, lower center

Publisher: Rizzoli of Milan, Italy

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About Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí was a leading proponent of Surrealism, the 20-century avant-garde movement that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious through strange, dream-like imagery. “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision,” he said. Dalí is specially credited with the innovation of “paranoia-criticism,” a philosophy of art making he defined as “irrational understanding based on the interpretive-critical association of delirious phenomena.” In addition to meticulously painting fantastic compositions, such as The Accommodations of Desire (1929) and the melting clocks in his famed The Persistence of Memory (1931), Dalí was a prolific writer and early filmmaker, and cultivated an eccentric public persona with his flamboyant mustache, pet ocelot, and outlandish behavior and quips. “Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure,” he once said. “That of being Salvador Dalí.”

Spanish, 1904-1989, Figueres, Spain