Salvador Dalí, ‘Don't Touch Me’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘Don't Touch Me’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

After Jesus's death on the cross, Mary Magdalene visits his tomb and sees that it has been disturbed. While mourning, she sees a man standing in front of her whom she recognizes as Jesus. As she embraces him, Jesus tells her to stop clinging to him as he has not yet ascended into heaven. In Dali's work, Jesus appears in neon yellow as a spirit-like figure. Dali draws Mary Magdalene in profile in the right corner. Dali's depiction of Jesus underscores the message of the story: Mary Magdalene must let go of her attachment to Jesus as a human being and connect with him through the Holy Spirit.

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