About Salvador Dali Statue Temptation of Saint Anthony (1946) – Horse
This Parastone Salvador Dalí statue Temptation of Saint Anthony (1946) is a three-dimensional representation of one his most notorious surrealist works. Salvador Dali’s work “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” made in 1946, presents the dimension between heaven and earth with the creation of long-legged elephants. We can identify different characters, the principal, Saint Anthony, patron saint of animals; also a series of surreal animals, such as horses, located in the foreground and representing strength, an elephant which brings a golden cup in reference to lust. Other elephants carry buildings on their backs; the first is an obelisk inspired by Lorenzo Bernini in Rome, the others are Palladian Venetian style buildings. In the clouds, we can spot some fragments of El Escorial, a symbol of temporal and spiritual order. With this painting, Salvador Dalí took part in a contest organized by Loew Lewin Company, a film production company. The contest was won by Max Ernst. More details in Salvador Dali Statue Temptation of Saint Anthony (1946) – Horse:
- Dimensions: 8″ in. x 4.5″ in. x 2.5″ in.
- Weight: 2.5 lbs (est)
- Material: Resin.
- Original Artwork: Dalí, Salvador. The Temptation of Saint Anthony. 1946. Oil on Canvas. 89,50 x 119,50 cm. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.
About Salvador Dalí
The Surrealists’ exploration of the human psyche and dreams reached new heights in the works of the Spanish-born Salvador Dalí. In his paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and designs for furniture and movies, Dalí probed a deeply erotic dimension, studying the writings of Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Sigmund Freud, and inventing what he called the “paranoiac-critical method” to assist his creative process. As he described it, in his painting he aimed to “materialize the images of concrete irrationality with the most imperialistic fury of precision…in order that the world of imagination and of concrete irrationality may be as objectively evident…as that of the exterior world of phenomenal reality.” Dalí’s surrealist works are characterized by their haunting allegorical empty space where eve time has ended. An eerie, never-setting sun usually illuminates the barren landscapes, with often amorphous and imaginary creatures in the foreground. Dalí rendered every detail of this dreamscape with precise control, striving to make the world of his paintings convincingly real–in his words, to make the irrational concrete.