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The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus

Salvador Dali

The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus

Salvador Dali
  • Date: 1958 - 1959
  • Style: Surrealism
  • Period: Classic Period (1941-1989)
  • Genre: history painting
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Dimensions: 410 x 310 cm

One of a number of large paintings Dali completed in this era The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus stands a massive 14 feet tall by 9 feet wide. The painting was commissioned by Huntington Hartford, an American businessman, who was heir to the A&P Supermarket, for the opening of his museum, Gallery of Modern Art, in New York. The museum was located on Columbus circle, hence the inspiration for the subject of the painting. As a devout Roman Catholic, Dali portrayed Columbus as the Christian savior, bringing the true church and salvation to the new world. The painting now resides at the Salvador Dali Museum, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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