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Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) (Corpus Hypercubus ou Crucifixion) 1954, by Salvador Dali, Oil on canvas 194.5 x 124cm Metropolitan Musuem of Art New York.

Dali called this painting "Metaphysical, transcendent cubism, it is based entirely on the Treatise on Cubic Form by Juan de Herrera, Philip the 2nd's architect, builder of the Escorial Palace: it is a treatise inspired by Ars Magna of the Catalonian philosopher and alchemist Raymond Lulle. The cross is formed by an octahedral hypercube. The number nine is identifiable and becomes especially consubstantial with the body of Christ. The extremely noble figure of Gala is the perfect union of the develpment of the hypercubic octahedron on the human level of the cube. She is depicted in front of the Bay of Port Lligat. The most noble beings were painted by Velazques and Zurbaran; I only approach nobility while painting Gala, and noblity can only be insired by the human being."

Dali had abandoned his Atheism in favor of the religion of his birth and baptism Catholicism. Combining this with his beliefs in so-called "nuclear mysticism" he created painting such as the Hypercubus. Christ is suspended on an eight sided dodecahedron - an octahedral hypercube or a cube in the fourth dimension. Dali's critics often stated that his use of these mathmatical symbols as "visual opportunism" and that the artist knew nothing of the meanings and mathmatical principles behind them.

Thomas Banchoff a Brown professor who did pioneering work using computer graphics to illustrate geometry beyond the third dimension in the 1970's insists that this assumption about Dali is untrue. "Dali wanted to be treated seriously by scientists," Banchoff said of the artist. "He knew what he was talking about he was not just using the symbols." Banchoff and Dali became friends after a 1975 article in the Washington Post about Banchoff's work caught Dali's eye. Banchoff stated that Dali had specific mathmatical questions and sought the professor's help to solve optical problems in some of his more extreme works. To find out more about Dali and Dali art visit Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dali a wonderful website run by the estate of Salvador Dali about the museum and the artists final home in Dali's hometown of Figueras in Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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