Importance of Surrealism Art in Catholic Religion

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Surrealism played an important role in the Catholic religion when Salvador Dali created visionary religious imagery in the later part of his life. Find out how this surrealist artist changed the face of Catholic art with information from an art historian, critic and curator in this free video on art.

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Hi, Dr. Betty Brown here, and the question is; what is the purpose of surrealism in the Catholic religion? It's kind of an interesting question, isn't it? And the way I can answer it is to think back to the late works of Salvador Dali. I'm sure you know that Salvador Dali was not just the most famous, but the most infamous, the most notorious of the surrealist artists, and he started out his, in his youth as communist, and he changed and became a capitalist and was working for Disney at one point, working for department stores in New York at another point, making thousands of prints to make a profit at yet another point, and late in his life he returned to the Catholicism of his youth, and had a meeting with the Pope, and created some of the most beautiful and powerful religious art of the twentieth century. He created an image of the Last Supper that is, if anything, visionary. He created an image of the Crucifixion as if seen from above, from Heaven. And so he took his surrealist training in dreams and fantasies and merged that with religious icons to create another reality of Catholic imagery.


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