Salvador Dalí, ‘Jesus Is Tempted By Satan’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

Dali packs a lot of figures and symbols into this piece. The illustration is based on the Bible story of Satan tempting Jesus during his forty day fast in the desert. Satan takes up most of the space; his face appears in black at the top and his red amorphous body spreads out below. Various figures surround him including a man with a skull, a figure in prayer, a blue and yellow star, and an archbishop. Dali leaves it up to the viewer to interpret these various aspects.

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