Salvador Dalí, ‘Many Sins Are Forgiven To The Sinful Woman’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

This print depicts the sinful woman who Jesus forgave after she demonstrated her faith. The woman washed Jesus's feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, and then anointed them with oil. In Dali's image, the woman and her cascading hair are prominent. Beside the woman, there is a small drawing of a cross and the Virgin Mary, references to Jesus's death for the forgiveness of all sins.

Signature: Unsigned

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