Throughout his career, the Surrealist master Salvador Dali gained inspiration from literature; leading him to illustrate the classic tales Don Quixote and The Divine Comedy. Looking to Dante Aligheiri’s thirteenth century novel La Vita Nuova in this etching, Dali envisioned the opening sonnet To ev’ry captive soul and gentle heart. Brought to physical form centuries later, Dali envisioned the sonnet’s dramatic symbolism – the swooning lover, the gorgeous lady wrapped in a mantle, and the heart consumed by fire all appear. In this etching, Dante’s beautiful symbols unfold in a strange dreamscape and morph into one of Dali’s world renowned Surrealist creations.
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- Artist: Salvador Dali
- Year: 1974
- Reference: Field, 74-3
- Size: 9 3/4 x 7 7/8
- Medium: Etching in black ink on buff paper
- Edition: From the Edition of 100