Dalí’s Divine Comedy


Known for his imaginative dreamscapes filled with irrational juxtapositions and erotic subjects, Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí’s (1904-1989) reputation as an illustrator is a story that often goes untold. This exhibition showcases Dalí’s most ambitious illustrated series: his colored wood engravings of the Divine Comedy, an epic poem by the medieval Florentine writer Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). Written in 1320, this timeless text recounts Dante’s journey through the Christian otherworldly realms: Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.

Dalí’s Divine Comedy displays selected prints from this series that highlight the artist’s distinctive Surrealist interpretation of each realm and how his images interact with Dante’s text.

Focus installation

Admission is FREE

Image: Salvador Dalí, Hell: The Men who Devour each Other (Canto 30), c. 1960, woodcut, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Lois and Howard B. Wolf, 1996.219.30. © 2020 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Copyright protected images are being provided in reference to the Dallas Museum of Art exhibition, Dali’s Divine Comedy, only.