Dalí’s Divine Comedy

March 21, 2020 to November 15, 2020 | Level 2
Salvador Dalí, Canto 1 - Departure for the Great Journey, c. 1960, woodcut, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Lois and Howard B. Wolf, 1996.219.1Salvador Dalí, Canto 30 - The Men Who Devour Each Other, c. 1960, woodcut, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Lois and Howard B. Wolf, 1996.219.30Salvador Dalí, Canto 35 - The Fallen Angel, c. 1960, woodcut, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Lois and Howard B. Wolf, 1996.219.35Salvador Dalí, Canto 51 - Leaving the Terrace of Anger, c. 1960, woodcut, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Lois and Howard B. Wolf, 1996.219.51Salvador Dalí, Canto 54 - Avarice and Prodigality, c. 1960, woodcut, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Lois and Howard B. Wolf, 1996.219.54Salvador Dalí, Canto 78 - Opposition, c. 1960, woodcut, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Lois and Howard B. Wolf, 1996.219.78

Known for his imaginative dreamscapes filled with irrational juxtapositions and erotic subjects, Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí’s (1904-1989) reputation as an illustrator is a story that often goes untold. This exhibition showcases Dalí’s most ambitious illustrated series: his colored wood engravings of the Divine Comedy, an epic poem by the medieval Florentine writer Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). Written in 1320, this timeless text recounts Dante’s journey through the Christian otherworldly realms: Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.

Dalí’s Divine Comedy displays selected prints from this series that highlight the artist’s distinctive Surrealist interpretation of each realm and how his images interact with Dante’s text.

Focus installation
Admission is FREE