The painting belongs to the brush of the famous surrealist Salvador Dali. The canvas was created in 1982. The image, by the will of the artist's hand, lay on the canvas with oil paints.
After Salvador Dali reached middle age, religious themes began to appear in his works. Earlier, the artist himself, just like his father, was a supporter of atheistic views. However, a little later, the older Dali sided with Catholicism. Actually, the son did the same.
The artist tried to become a follower of religious themes in painting. However, in his works, Dali embodied his own vision of this issue, giving the paintings a new content and image.
Salvador Dali created a number of paintings on religion. One of these canvases is the painting Martyr. In the form of a martyr, Sebastian, a character in Christian church literature, appears before the viewer. During the Renaissance, it was a fairly popular plot in the paintings. There are many variations depicting the suffering of a martyr.
According to one version, it is known that Sebastian was known as a defender against the plague, which often enveloped Europe. However, another version suggests that the plot depicting a martyr became popular among painters due to the fact that the church allowed him to draw his body naked. Sebastian was portrayed as a dying and riddled with many arrows.
Although the plot was one and the same, the image of Sebastian for each artist was unique. So, after several centuries, Salvador Dali created his martyr in a completely different interpretation.
The picture is permeated with dull gray colors, as if hinting at the approaching imminent end. Naked body distorted in suffering. And this time there were some crutches - a kind of autograph of the artist. And for good reason, because they symbolize death.
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