Salvador Dalí (Spanish, Figueres 1904–1989 Figueres )

Oil on canvas
H. 88-7/8, W. 75-1/4 inches (225.7 x 191.1 cm.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Drue Heinz, in memory of Henry J. Heinz II, 1987
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    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.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed and dated (center left): Dali 1958

  • Exhibition History

    Prince Hotel Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, September 8–October 18,1964; Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan, October 23–30, 1964; Kyoto Municipal Art Gallery, Kyoto, Japan, November 3–29, 1964, ill. p. 110, no. 110. (ill. in color)

    ¦Dali: Germalde Zeichnungen, Objecte, Schmuck¦, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany, January 29–April 18, 1971, p. 183, no. 71.

    ¦Salvador Dali Retrospective¦, Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, February 28–April 6, 1982; Daimaru Art Museum, Osaka, Japan, April 22–May 5, 1982; Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, May 8–June 6, 1982; Hiroshima Prefectual Museum of Art, Hiroshima, Japan, June 11–July 11, 1982, no. 21. (ill. in color)

    Tamayo Museum, Mexico, March 12–April 20, 1986.

    ¦Salvador Dali¦, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany, May 12–July 23, 1989.

    ¦Salvador Dali¦, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvannia, February 6–May 15, 2005. (did not travel to Palazzo Grazzi, Venice)

    ¦Pollock to Pop: America's Brush with Dali¦, Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, December 9, 2005–April 23, 2006, ill. p. 52. (ill. in color)

    Salvador Dali: The Late Work, High Museum of Art, August 7, 2010- January 9, 2011

  • References

    Taylor, Michael R. (ed). The Dali Renaissance: New Perspectives on His Life and Art after 1940, An International Symposium. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2008. Mentioned in text, pp. 15-21, 27, 34 (footnote 51), 83, 89 (footnote 59), 140-141, 225 (index). Illustrated, fig. 2, p. 2 (b&w).

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History