Wolfgang Beltracchi The Greats Salvator Mundi

MAKING OF "SURREALISM"

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For the Dalí Series, Beltracchi paints one masterpiece in the surrealist style of Salvador Dalí, recreating the most expensive painting in the world, ‘Salvator Mundi’. Salvador Dalí was inspired by Renaissance art; he admired these Renaissance artists’ diversity of exceptional skills, in particular Leonardo da Vinci, to whom he was known to liken his artistic genius.

The center of the masterpiece is the portrait of the alleged da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’. Beltracchi draws the wide-eyed gaze, which Dalí is famous for painting in his own self-portraits, as well as his distinctive impeccably waxed moustache, making the features resemble a collage.

It is possible to imagine that Dalí would have painted ‘Salvator Mundi’ with his own unmistakable features, had the work been well-known at the time. Dalí was known to call himself, in messianic repetition, his generation’s “savior of art”.

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Wolfgang Beltracchi Talk About Salvador Dalí

"IT MUST BE SAID THAT Dalí IS A LITTLE MISUNDERSTOOD, SINCE MANY CONSIDER HIM TO BE SUPERFICIAL. BUT THAT IS COMPLETELY FALSE. HE WAS A GREAT FAN OF LEONARDO. FUNNY ENOUGH, WE'RE NOW DOING THIS SALVATOR MUNDI SERIES WHICH WAN'T ON HIS RADAR."

—Wolfgang Beltracchi

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