Salvador Dalí Spanish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 920

Dalí's penchant for optical illusion and veiled iconography are evident in this painting. As seen from a distance, a rendition of Raphael's Sistine Madonna (after 1513; Gemäldegalerie Dresden) is situated within a gargantuan ear—a reference to the Passion of Christ. From close range, it is an abstract work composed of countless particle-like gray and pink dots, reflecting the artist's interest in nuclear physics.

Madonna, Salvador Dalí (Spanish, Figueres 1904–1989 Figueres), Oil on canvas

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