Salvador Dalí, ‘Jesus Scourged’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

Dali places several hidden figures and symbols in this heavy image. Jesus's body is drawn in the upper right with blood dripping from his faceless head. In the right corner, Dali includes a Roman figure emphasizing the role the Romans played in the crucifixion. In the lower left corner, blue dots symbolize the rocks thrown at Jesus. Underneath the rocks, another figure stands in for the mob of Jews who tortured Jesus. Dali does not overtly reveal the horrors of the story, but uses color and hidden details to suggest them.

Signature: Signed in the plate, upper 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