Skull of Zurbaran by Salvador Dali

Skull of Zurbaran by Salvador Dali

Sources of inspiration Dali often found in the past. In a number of his paintings can be traced the influence of artists of the XVII century Velazquez and Vermeer. “Skull of Zurbaran”, testifies to the dialogue with this Spanish artist of the same era. There was one picture that occupied Dali his whole life.

This is the work of the French artist of the XIX century Jean Francois Millet “Angelis”. Dali wrote an essay and a book about her. In addition, he created several parodic responses to it – in particular, the canvas “Gola and Angelis Millet before the imminent arrival

of conical anamorphosis,” 1933. Dali radically revised the original, interpreting the religious plot as erotic.

The artist believed that in the picture of Millet, a man holds a hat to hide his erection, and in a woman he saw “the exhibitionistic sensuality of a virgin, in the posture of a hunting mantis beetle awaiting an act of violence.”

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