Above: Salvador Dalí painting St. John of the Cross
Photo: Daniel Farson
From Wiki: “Christ of Saint John of the Cross is a painting by Salvador Dalí made in 1951. It depicts Jesus Christ on the cross in a darkened sky floating over a body of water complete with a boat and fishermen. Although it is a depiction of the crucifixion, it is devoid of nails, blood, and a crown of thorns, because, according to Dalí, he was convinced by a dream that these features would mar his depiction of Christ. Also in a dream, the importance of depicting Christ in the extreme angle evident in the painting was revealed to him.
The painting is known as the Christ of Saint John of the Cross, because its design is based on a drawing by the 16th-century Spanish friar John of the Cross. The composition of Christ is also based on a triangle and circle (the triangle is formed by Christ’s arms; the circle is formed by Christ’s head). The triangle, since it has three sides, can be seen as a reference to the Trinity, and the circle may be an allusion to Platonic thought. The circle represents Unity: all things do exist in the "three” but in the four, merry they be.
On the bottom of his studies for the painting, Dalí explained its inspiration: “In the first place, in 1950, I had a ‘cosmic dream’ in which I saw this image in colour and which in my dream represented the 'nucleus of the atom.’ This nucleus later took on a metaphysical sense; I considered it 'the very unity of the universe,’ the Christ!”
In order to create the figure of Christ, Dalí had Hollywood stuntman Russell Saunders suspended from an overhead gantry, so he could see how the body would appear from the desired angle and also envisage the pull of gravity on the human body. The depicted body of water is the bay of Port Lligat, Dalí’s residence at the time of the painting.“ (via: wiki)
Above: A preparatory drawing for Christ of St. John of the Cross (Christ On The Cross From Top Perspective)
Above: The sketch that inspired Dalí. Crucifixion by St. John of the Cross, c. 1550
Saint John of the Cross had a vision while praying. The vision led to the drawing of Christ from above.
Saint John of the Cross (born Juan de Yepes y Álvarez) (1542– 14 December 1591) was a Spanish mystic, a Roman Catholic saint, a Carmelite friar.
Above: Dali painting St. John of the Cross - Photo: by Daniel Farson
Christ of St. John of the Cross, 1951, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow - Salvador Dali
Pair of presentation pistols made by Nicolas-Noel Boutet of Versailles, about 1802-10
Artist/ Maker(s): Nicolas-Noel Boutet (1761-1833) Associated Date: Early 19th century Associated Place: France, Versailles (place of manufacture) Material(s): Steel, wood, silver, horn
These were beautifully crafted weapons made from the finest materials to be presented by the government and later Emperor Napoleon to important generals and foreign allies. We know from the factory’s own records that 55 pairs of pistols were presented to men of the rank of general between 1802 and 1810. One general received a pair that cost 500 francs - at a time when an ordinary pair was worth only 30 francs. This particular pair of flintlock pistols is located at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland.