Aquae Diluvii Super Terram, 1964


Original Lithograph

13.98 x 18.98 x 0.04 in

35.5 x 48.2 x 0.1 cm

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    About The Work

    Aquae diluvii super terram is an original artwork realized by Salvador Dalí in 1964. It is part of Biblia Sacra vulgatæ editionis published by Rizzoli-Mediolani between 1967 and 1969. Color lithograph on heavy rag paper. Signed and dated on plate on the right margin. Perfect conditions.

    The artwork represents the universal deluge, a great flood sent by God to destroy civilization as an act of divine punishment. On the right, we can see the little Noah's ark and in the center, a black spot represents the destruction that the earth underwent during the flood. The lithograph is part of the imponent work Biblia Sacra vulgatæ editionis published by Rizzoli-Mediolani between 1967 and 1969. It was illustrated by Salvador Dalí with a suite of 105 colored lithographs after water-color artworks. The paper sheets are signed and dated on plate, and each of them comes with a Japanese paper tissue with a printed biblical quotation. The works also demonstrate Dalí’s artistic spontaneity in the use of the “bulletism” technique, a Dalinian invention where an arquebus (a type of ancient gun) is loaded with ink-filled capsules and then fired against blank sheets of paper. In 1963, Biblia Sacra was commissioned by Giuseppe Albaretto, a very pious man, who was one of Dalí’s closest friends and patrons between the 1950s and the 1960s. Giuseppe Albaretto and his wife Mara commissioned several of Dalí's works, and became important publishers of his etchings and lithographs, including the Biblia Sacra. Through these commissions, Albaretto hoped that Dalí would reconcile with religion. The friendship between the Albarettos and Salvador Dalí provided the art world with some of the most spectacular Surrealist artworks. These works are a few of the most desirable graphic works ever created by the artist. In the preface of the work, the publisher asserts that the lithographs “configure, in both a universal and a personal way, the dynamic vision that characterizes the relationship between men and God”.

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