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CHRIST OF SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS 2017-07-27T09:08:20+00:00

Project Description

CHRIST OF SAINT JOHN   –  Sculpture by Salvador Dali

Christ of Saint John

“My aim was the exact opposite as the aim of every other depiction of Christ.  My only concern was to make my Christ beautiful, just like the God that he was.”   Salvador Dali

This image of Saint John of the Cross, is without a doubt, the best known of all Dali’s religious works.  The work was inspired by a drawing by Saint John of the Cross who experienced this rapturous vision of Christ and which is kept in the “Monastery of the Incarnation” in Avila [Spain]. Dali believed Saint John of the Cross to be “the greatest lyric exponent of this Spanish mysticism which I now bring back to life.”

“From far-off times, people have been and still are, afraid of the fallen head of Jesus dead.   But this devotion, this fearful piety, is felt by the people only in its tragic and cruel reality, never in its holiness and greatness…. We can appreciate that every representation of Christ  in the cross, emphasizes the blows, the bruises, the marks, the spears, the horrible muscular contractions…. There is not one Passion which depicts the God; they only show the man… This is because nobody can depict the fallen but victorious God, because there exists no human brain that can understand such great concept….”

Extract from “The Christs” [1918] by Federico Garcia Lorca

 

Technical Description

Original title:  “Cristo de San Juan de la Cruz

Created by Salvador Dali ca. 1973/74

Original media:  modelled wax

Original size: 31 cm (12.2 in)

Port Lligat Collection of Salvador Dali Sculptures

Obra Contemporanea Editor

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