Salvador Dalí, ‘Mene, Tekel, Parsin’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘Mene, Tekel, Parsin’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

This print represents a story from the Book of Daniel in which King Belshazzar holds a feast and drinks from vessels that had been looted in the destruction of the First Temple. During the feast, a human hand appears and writes illegible words on the wall. The King calls upon Daniel to interpret this scene. Daniel tells the king that as punishment for his deed, God has numbered his days. Soon, his kingdom will be given to the Medes and the Persians. Dali depicts God in the center of the image. In the lower right, a melted clock similar to those in the artist's famous work, The Persistence of Memory, appears. The clock suggests the limited time that remains for the king and his kingdom.

Series: From the Biblia Sacra Suite: the largest suite of prints ever produced by Salvador Dali

Signature: Signed in the plate, lower left

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