Salvador Dalí, ‘There Appeared To Them Separated Tongues’, 1967, Baterbys Art Gallery

This eye-catching image illustrates Pentecost, the time when the Holy Spirit visits the Apostles after the death of Jesus. According to the Bible, the apostles witnessed "tongues of fire" coming down upon them enabling them to speak different languages while still understanding each other. Dali depicts these tongues of fire as bright lines of paint dripping down towards the faceless apostles. The splattering of paint resembles the work of Jackson Pollock and is a fitting technique for this dynamic story.

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