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Madonna

Artist:
Salvador Dalí (Spanish, Figueres 1904–1989 Figueres)
Date:
1958
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
H. 88-7/8 x W. 75-1/4 in. (225.7 x 191.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Drue Heinz, in memory of Henry J. Heinz II, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.465
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
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.
Inscription: Signed and dated (center left): Dali 1958
[Carstairs Gallery, New York, in 1958]; Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Heinz II, New York (by 1963–his d. 1987); Drue Heinz, New York (1987; her gift to MMA)

New York. Carstairs Gallery. "Salvador Dalí," December 1958–January 1959, no. 1.

New York. D'Arcy Galleries. "International Surrealist Exhibition," November 28, 1960–January 14, 1961, no. 32 (as "L’oreille anti–matiére").

London. Tate Gallery. "Dunn International: An Exhibition of Contemporary Painting Sponsored by the Sir James Dunn Foundation," November 15–December 22, 1963, no. 19 (lent by Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Heinz II, New York).

Tokyo. Prince Hotel Gallery. "Salvador Dali Exhibition—Japan, 1964," September 8–October 18, 1964, no. 56 (lent by Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Heinz II, U. S. A.).

Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya. "Salvador Dali Exhibition—Japan, 1964," October 23–30, 1964, no. 56.

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. "Salvador Dali Exhibition—Japan, 1964," November 3–29, 1964, no. 56.

Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. "Dalí: Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Objekte, Schmuck," January 29–April 18, 1971, no. 71.

Tokyo. Isetan Museum of Art. "Retrospective Salvador Dalí," February 28–April 6, 1982, no. 21.

Daimaru Museum, Osaka. "Retrospective Salvador Dalí," April 22–May 29, 1982, no. 21.

Kitakyushu Municipal Museum. "Retrospective Salvador Dalí," May 8–June 6, 1982, no. 21.

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum. "Retrospective Salvador Dalí," June 11–July 11, 1982, no. 21.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selection One," February 1–April 30, 1985.

Mexico City. Museo Rufino Tamayo. "Dos Obras Maestras de Salvador Dali," March 12–April 20, 1986, unnum. brochure.

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. "Salvador Dalí, 1904–1989," May 13–July 23, 1989, no. 264 (as "Die Sixtinische Madonna" oder "Madonnen-Ohr"; incorrectly identified lender as The Museum of Modern Art, New York, H. J. Heinz Collection).

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Dalí," February 16–May 15, 2005, no. 233 (as "The Sistine Madonna").

St. Petersburg, Fla. Salvador Dalí Museum. "Pollock to Pop: America's Brush with Dalí," December 9, 2005–April 23, 2006, unnumbered cat. (p. 52).

Madrid. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. "Los Cinéticos," March 27–August 20, 2007, unnumbered cat. (p. 83).

Atlanta. High Museum of Art. "Salvador Dali: The Late Work," August 7, 2010–January 2, 2011, no. 27.

John Richardson. Dunn International: An Exhibition of Contemporary Painting Sponsored by the Sir James Dunn Foundation. Exh. cat., Tate Gallery. [London], 1963, unpaginated, no. 19, ill.

Lisa M. Messinger in "Twentieth Century Art." Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1987–1988. New York, 1988, p. 62, ill. (color).

Michael R. Taylor in Dawn Ades. Dalí. Exh. cat., Palazzo Grassi, Venice. London, 2004, pp. 386–89, no. 233, ill. (color).

Dawn Ades. Dalí. Exh. cat., Palazzo Grassi, Venice. London, 2004, p. 21.

Michael Taylor, ed. The Dalí Renaissance: New Perspectives on His Life and Art after 1940. An International Symposium. Philadelphia, 2008, pp. 15–21, 27, 34 n. 51, pp. 83, 89 n. 59, pp. 140–41, fig. 2.



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