Salvador Dalí, ‘Condottiero – Head of a Warrior (Prestige-scale)’, ca. 1975, Robin Rile Fine Art

Accompanied by original certification of authenticity from publisher as descended from Dali's hand.

Two images can be perceived in this sculpture… we will discover David, the youth who struggles against Goliath…

In Italy, in the Middle Ages, there existed an occupation known as condottiere. The task of this individual was to lead, organize and recruit troops for specific conflicts. This profession of the condottieri remained restricted to princes, dukes or landowners like the Gonzagas, the de Estes or the Orsinis. In the 16th century the condottieri gradually lost their military influence and social prestige.

Two images can be perceived in this sculpture. If we focus on the two bottom sections of the work, we will discover David, the youth who struggles against Goliath for the good of his people. In this head covered with flowing hair, we perceive a face with no features, symbolizing the soldier as an anonymous recruit. It transmits the tortured soul of the beardless youth who must fight in exchange for a few coins. If we turn now to the top third of the piece, it is clear how Dali, in the Renaissance style, emphasized the symbolic value of the helmet, transforming the whole work into a representation of the powerful Condottiero, a patrician who is not necessarily a fighter, whose principal mission is that of intermediary in the management of economic contracts of a military nature.

Signature: Signed and numbered in cast

Manufacturer: 2049 Obra Contemporanea for Salvador Dali

Literature: Descharnes, Robert & Nicolas LE Dur et le Mou (Catalogue Raisonne) pg. 167, Ref# 423 [illustr of another cast]

Private Collection, Europe

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