July 27, 2017 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.
With the news of the exhumation of the body of Salvador Dali for DNA testing, perhaps it is a good time to look at Dali’s work, here especially Dalí’s 1935 canvas Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s ‘Angelus, portrayed through the video above, “Dreams of Dali,” as an excellent use of the tools of the New Media to enhance the presentation of the work.
Fine Art in the New Media
“The 360-degree video, drops you into the world of Dalí’s 1935 canvas Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s ‘Angelus,’ an homage to an earlier work (Jean-François Millet’s painting, “The Angelus”) which enjoyed enormous popularity during Dalí’s youth.”
“Th[is] late 19th century painting depicts a peasant couple standing in a field with their heads bowed in prayer. For many it was a sentimental work, but for Dalí’ it was troubling, with layers of hidden meaning, which he explored through daydreams and fantasies.”
“As the artist himself put it, ‘”I surrendered myself to a brief fantasy during which I imagined sculptures of the two figures in Millet’s ‘Angelus’ carved out of the highest rocks.'”
“His formidable imagination converted that mid-19th-century image of rural hardship and piety into the moonlit desert landscape through which ‘”Dreams of Dalí”‘ flies you.”
“Created for ‘”Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination,'” an exhibit at St. Petersburg, Florida’s Dalí Museum on the friendship and collaboration between those two visionary 20th-century world-creators (see Destino, the short film Dalí and Disney collaborated on).”
“The video not only gives the painting a third spatial dimension, but a detailed sonic one featuring the godlike voice of Dalí himself.”