Dalí i Domènech, Salvador
Apotheosis of the Dollar
In this canvas, just as in his Theatre-Museum, Dalí reflects all the tendencies, myths and obsessions that accompanied him throughout his life. Let us recall some of them: Duchamp on the left-hand side dressed as Louis XIV with Watteau’s lute player over his head; José Nieto, the Queen’s quartermaster of Las Meninas, who appears as many as three times. Beside Duchamp-Louis XIV, the profile of Hermes by Praxiteles, who has the figure of Goethe in the shadow of its nose, and in the corner of its mouth, the portrait of Vermeer de Delft. On the right-hand side, Dalí paints himself, like Velásquez, in the act of painting Gala, at whose side appears the double image of Dante’s Beatriz, who is, at the same time, a kneeling Quixote. Above, we can see Napoleon’s defeated armies, while in the top left-hand corner we can make out the soldiers of the Battle of Tetuán in full force (reminiscences of Meissonier in some and of Fortuny in others).
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