Dalí Illustrates the Divine Comedy: From the University of Tennessee’s Ewing Gallery

September 28, 2012 - February 17, 2012

United-LeGard Galleries

Exhibit Details

Art and literary enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see a literary masterpiece come to life through the work of the late world-renowned artist Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) in Dalí Illustrates Dante’s Divine Comedy. The exhibition represents Dalí’s visual interpretation chronicling Dante Alighieri’s symbolic journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. Salvador Dalí was one of the most well known of the surrealist artists who concentrated on depicting the unconscious and subconscious mind. Dalí labored for nine years to produce a series of 100 watercolors as illustrations to Dante’s classic epic with each print depicting a verse from the poem. The prints on view were translated from Dalí’s watercolors into printed plates, a process in which two artists worked for five years hand-carving 3,500 blocks.