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Salvador Dali "Canto 5"
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"Canto 5" by Salvador Dali. In the early 1950's, in celebration of the 700th birthday of the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri, the Italian government commissioned the Surrealist master Salvador Dali to create 100 illustrations for a commemorative edition of "The Devine Comedy." Dali's hyperrealistic, bizarre, and nightmarish imagery seemed like the perfect pairing to Dante's visions of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, yet public outcry against the commissioning of a Spanish artist to accompany the work of an Italian cultural hero forced the Italian government to revoke its support for the project. Undaunted, Dali worked with a French publisher to have 100 wood engravings (one for each of The Divine Comedy's verses) made after his own watercolors, which were completed and published in 1963.

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