This is an original color lithograph from Dali’s Biblia Sacra suite, a collection of 105 images illustrating biblical passages. Each work represents Dali’s unique interpretation of the Bible. In these works he uses a unique artistic process called “bulletism” where ink is shot onto the canvas creating an ink blot effect. The lithographs were commissioned by Guiseppe Albaretto, a good friend of Dali who was also a leading patron of his work. Albaretto wanted to lead the artist to God and back to the Catholic Church. The spontaneous bulletism process and the rich colors in the image truly highlight Dali’s range of creativity and use of space.
This print introduces the Biblia Sacra suite and Dali’s artistic style. Saint Jerome translated the Bible into Latin Vulgate, the form in which the Biblia Sacra is written. Therefore Jerome is a fitting choice to open the series. The work also contains artistic elements witnessed throughout the series including intense colors and paint splatters and splotches.
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