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DEAD MAN AND WOMAN 2017-07-03T14:17:48+00:00

Project Description

DEAD MAN AND WOMAN  –   Sculpture by Salvador Dali

Dead man and Woman

This time there is no doubt that this is a Pieta.  Beautiful an classical, clearly inspired by Michelangelo’s famous piece of the same name.

The Pietà (1498–1499) is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It is the first of a number of works of the same theme by the artist. The statue was commissioned for the French cardinal Jean de Billheres, who was a representative in Rome. The sculpture, in Carrara marble, was made for the cardinal’s funeral monument, but was moved to its current location, the first chapel on the right as one enters the basilica, in the 18th century. It is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed (See History after completion).

The famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. The theme is of Northern origin, popular by that time in France but not yet in Italy. Michelangelo’s interpretation of the Pietà is unique to the precedents. It is an important work as it balances the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism. The statue is one of the most highly finished works by Michelangelo.

Dali’s interpretation is far more modern.  Thou it lacks Michelangelo’s detail, the rough “rocky” finishing adds dramatism to the piece.  Dali’s Mary grieves over the dead body of her son.  She knows that he will soon rise, but still, her mother’s heart cannot stop the tears and anguish at the sight of his beaten and dead body.

Technical Description

Original title:  Hombre muerto sobre mujer

Created by Salvador Dali  ca. 1973/79

Original media:  modelled wax

Original size:  16 cm (6.2 in)

Port Lligat Collection of Salvador Dali Sculptures

Obra Contemporanea Editor

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