The temptation of saint anthony

Galatea of the spheres

Today I would like to reflect on this work by the painter Salvador Dalí. The visions of St. Anthony Abbot are again interpreted by an artist, but in this case the artist is Dalí, and of course the mystical hallucinations are here worthy of the typical surrealist imagery.

In the painting appears all the iconography of Dalí’s classical period: eroticism, spirituality, mysticism, science, gravity, timelessness… It was a period in which the painter united two great themes in principle contradictory: religion and science.

Both walk to what looks like a set of green meadows and valleys and I invite you to take a moment to appreciate the work and think carefully about where you are, where you want to be and where you want to go.

Route from louvecien…

The painting shows Saint Anthony Abbot in a desert, kneeling and holding a cross made of two wands to protect himself from the temptations that attack him, with the ancient gesture of exorcism. These are represented by a horse and a row of elephants, all with grotesquely elongated legs, each carrying a temptation.

Dalí exhibition in London. In the foreground is a sculpture of a long-legged elephant with a pyramid on its back, identical to one of those in the painting. In the background is the London Eye.

The staging of the work represents an impact on the subconscious by showing a bleak or gray environment like a desert ready for the cruelest of storms, this confrontation puts the receiver on alert and awakens his senses to enjoy the rest of the work.

Dream caused by the flight of a bee analysis

The painting shows a high level of technical perfection, where the most important thing is its oneiric sense. The author, knowing that he is highly recognized, seems to seek provocation in his own eccentricity.

Under the projection of a clear blue sky, with a discreet brightness of the sun, we can see in the lower left corner of the painting St. Anthony Abbot in a desert, kneeling and holding a cross made with two wands to protect himself from the temptations that attack him, with the ancient gesture of exorcism. These are represented by a horse and a row of elephants, all with grotesquely elongated legs, each carrying a temptation.

In the desert landscape, two human figures can be seen, one holding a cross and the other heading towards it, and in the background, the representation of a father holding his son’s hand. A white angel flies over the desert.

The phantom wagon

The painting shows St. Anthony Abbot in a desert, kneeling and holding a cross made with two wands to protect himself from the temptations that attack him, with the ancient gesture of exorcism. These are represented by a horse and a row of elephants, all with grotesquely elongated legs, each carrying a temptation.

Dalí exhibition in London. In the foreground is a sculpture of a long-legged elephant with a pyramid on its back, identical to one of those in the painting. In the background is the London Eye.