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 the 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 artist 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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  1. Pete Butkovich

    I have seen this painting up close. It is as powerful as it is personal. Dali’s creativity is unmatched. The iconic image of Christ on the Cross has tremendous appeal. Only one artist that I am familiar with, Paul Martin Butkovich, who studied at the Corcoran in DC, used the Crucifixion of Christ combined with nuclear mushroom bomb cloud to call for abolition of all nuclear weapons. The black and white ink drawing was first published in 1954 as an editorial drawing in Midwest papers. Sadly, the “Atomic Crucifixion” is under recognized outside of anti-nuclear circles.
    Thank you,
    Ps. The artist was my father. (1919 – 1996)

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