Turris Babel (The Tower of Babel) - From "Biblia Sacra", 1964



19.09 x 13.78 x 0.04 in

48.5 x 35.0 x 0.1 cm

Edition of 1499

A certification of authenticity will be released by the Gallery. Signed and dated on plate on the lower right margin.


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    The artwork represents the legendary tower of the ancient times narrated in the Book of Genesis: "And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said 'Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language'". The constrution is majestic and impressive with a natural landscape in the background. According to the holy writings, the Tower of Babel was a construction realized after the Great Flood. People, indeed, built a city and a tower tall enough to reach heaven. God, in observing the city and tower, changes their languages so that they can no longer understand each other. 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 watercolor 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 Go

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