Salvador Dalí, ‘And They Placed Him In A Tomb’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘And They Placed Him In A Tomb’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

This is an unusual and striking piece within the Biblia Sacra series due to compositional and color choices. The image is completely monochromatic. The color blue often symbolizes new beginnings; here it is used to prefigure Jesus's new life after rising from the dead. Dali also chose a unique perspective from which to depict Christ; he shows Jesus's feet at eye level. This gives the illusion of depth, as if Jesus's body is actually confined within the tomb.

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

Signature: Signed in the plate, lower left

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