Review of Crucifixion Corpus Hypercubus by Salvador Dali

Crucifixion Corpus Hypercubus by Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

Crucifixion Corpus Hypercubus by Salvador Dali is one of the most beautiful works of the modern era.  The painting is currently displayed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

In Crucifixion Corpus Hypercubus, Christ is depicted hovering above checkerboard field that flows out toward an infinite horizon.  The turned face of Christ is not shown due to the level of perspective of the viewer in the painting.  This makes the painting all the more believable as the true identity of the Savior is left a mystery.

Watch the video below to see the full scale and impact of Crucifixion Corpus Hypercubus as it hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mary, the mother of Christ, sits eternally grieving in the bottom left-hand corner of the painting. Her figure is much smaller and somewhat out of proportion to the larger Christ figure.  Dali’s wife, Gala, was used as the model for Mary in the painting.

This is a haunting and brilliant rendition of the Crucifixion of Christ.  The painting is large, and the figure of the Christ is almost life-size.  This makes the viewer feel the awe   of the mystery being presented due to the large-scale of the work.  You are left alone before the large and unattainable magnitude of the mystery of the deity.

Dali is a master of illusion.  The extreme realism of his work tricks the eye into believing that it is really present in the moment being depicted.  You feel every emotion of Mary.  You sense the power and the drama of every living moment of the depiction.  Every emotion is alive and present in the brushwork. Nothing is left out or left to chance.

This work is a beautiful parallel to the Old Master paintings and sculptures of the Pre and Post Renaissance eras.  It is a masterwork that will live as a testament to the genius of Salvador Dali, a Master of the modern era.


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