Salvador Dalí, ‘The Transfiguration of Jesus’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery
Salvador Dalí, ‘The Transfiguration of Jesus’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

This piece evokes the majesty and spectacle of the transfiguration of Jesus. While Jesus and his disciples were on a mountain, Jesus's appearance was transformed and Moses and Elijah appeared beside him. In the work, Dali focuses more on capturing the mood instead of the figures or the story. Jesus's presence and movement upwards is suggested by a series of particle-like brushstrokes. Two figures in red, most likely disciples, gesture wildly in surprise or confusion. Angels appear in the sky demonstrating the holiness of the moment.

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