Salvador Dalí, ‘Behold, One As The Son Of Man In The Clouds Of Heaven’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘Behold, One As The Son Of Man In The Clouds Of Heaven’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

This print represents a vision Daniel had of four beasts within a storm. Daniel interprets the vision as a sign of the coming of the Son of Man; the four creatures represent the four kingdoms of man that will fall to the Messiah. In the center of the image, Dali depicts the four animals amid swaths of paint. Only two animals are easily legible: an ostrich on the left and a winged dog creature on the right. The figure in pink may represent the Messiah who is protected by the Virgin shown in blue.

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

Signature: Signed in the plate, lower right

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