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Christ of St. John of the Cross, 1951 by Salvador Dali (1904-1989, Spain) | Museum Art Reproductions Salvador Dali | WahooArt.com

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Christ of St. John of the Cross, 1951 by Salvador Dali (1904-1989, Spain) | Museum Art Reproductions Salvador Dali | WahooArt.com
"Christ of St. John of the Cross"

Salvador Dali - Oil On Canvas - 1951

Salvador Dal's artwork Christ of Saint John of the Cross was completed in 1951. It represents Jesus Christ on the cross floating over a body of water with a boat and fisherman under a darkening sky. Although it depicts the crucifixion, it lacks nails, blood, and a crown of thorns because Dal was convinced by a dream that these elements would detract from his portrayal of Christ. He was also shown the significance of showing Christ in the extreme angle shown in the artwork in a dream. Because its design is based on a sketch by the 16th century Spanish Monk Saint John of the Cross, the artwork is known as the "Christ of Saint John of the Cross." Christ's body is made up of a circle and a triangle (the circle is created by Christ's head and the triangle by Christ's arms). Because the triangle has three sides, it can be seen as a reference to the Trinity, while the circle might be seen as a reference to Platonic thinking. Dal detailed the painting's inspiration at the bottom of his studies: "For starters, in 1950, I had a 'cosmic dream' in which I saw this picture in colour, which I imagined to be the 'nucleus of the atom.' Later, this nucleus took on a philosophical meaning for me
I referred to it as "the very unity of the cosmos," the Christ!"

 





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