Salvador Dali was an interesting person. Here are a few of the many reasons why
- he believed he was the reincarnation of his dead brother, because his parents took five-year-old Dali to his brother’s grave and informed Dali he was
- from a young age he had a bizarre habit of attacking without provocation, because (he claimed) pain and pleasure were the same thing
- Dali once sold an expensive painting by claiming the paint was mixed with a million wasps’ venom
- he was creepily obsessed with Hitler. Just go to the original source, I do not want to give details on this one
- Dali had an open marriage, and by all accounts a loving and happy one, with his wife Gala
Portrait of Madame van Westrenen of Tremaat (1802). Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725-1805). Oil on panel.
Greuze’s sitter was the wife of Jan van Westrenen of Tremaat and of Houdringe, a resident of Utrecht who served as Ambassador from the Batavian Republic to the court of Sweden and later, during the reign of Napoleon I, as Holland’s representative to the Corps Législatif in Paris.
Fig. 1. Frontispiece.
Fig. 2. Full title page.
Anatomical Atlas, Illustrative of the Structure of the Human Body
Henry H. Smith, M.D.
Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea, 1867.
Genica Athanasiou with sculpture (1930). Photograph by Man Ray. Pompidou Center.
Athanasiou (Romanian, 1897-1966) was an actress, known for Colomba (1933), The Lighthouse Keepers (1929) and The Count of Monte Cristo (1954).
Pygmalion and Galatea (1797). Louis Gauffier (French, 1761-1801). Oil on canvas. Manchester City Galleries.
A mythological scene from Ovid, depicting Aphrodite breathing life into the statue of Galatea. Cupid follows, aiming his bow and arrow at the statue. Pygmalion, King of Cyprus stands gazing up at the statue. A tripod altar stands, smoking with burnt offerings, there is a fallen statue head on the ground.
Reproduction of “The World” by John Speed, 1627. It was reproduced by Rand McNally from printed maps in the Library of Congress.