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Salvador Dali’s pixelated painting of Abraham Lincoln

Spotted last week on a trip to St. Petersburg is my favorite Dali (which, honestly, doesn’t have much competition, sorry Salvador) is “Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea”:

This painting was inspired by a Scientific American article Dali read about visual perception which investigated the minimum number of pixels needed to describe a unique human face. Dali was challenged by that question and set about making this portrait of Lincoln using 121 pixels.

The top photo is by Robert Descharnes, who took a bunch of great photos of Dali.

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