Containing the largest number of works in a suite of prints by Salvador Dali, “Biblia Sacra: Dali and His Bible” showcases all 105 lithographs in Dali’s Biblia Sacra portfolio. The 296-page hardcover book was written by Richard Hart and has been a work in progress for over 10 years. The book presents a detailed look into the motivation and history behind Dali’s interpretation of the Bible. Additionally, this book explores the meanings behind Dali’s illustrations while also analyzing his artistic process and experimentation.
Commissioned by his friend and publisher, Dr. Guiseppe Albareto, Dali was tasked to create 100 paintings based on select passages from the Latin Vulgate Bible. Albareto hoped this commission would bring Dali back to the Catholic Church and send him on a journey of biblical and spiritual discovery. Completed between 1963 and 1964, the Biblia Sacra project resulted in 105 lithographs representing the artist’s interpretations of the Bible. Each image brings out the full range of Dali’s creativity in both color and content. The prints also feature a variety of religious, historical, and mythological imagery. The Biblia Sacra suite is Dali’s most comprehensive collection of work and attests to his skill as an artist.
In the book, “Biblia Sacra: Dali and His Bible,” all 105 lithographs are reproduced. Each image is accompanied by a religious discussion and artistic interpretation. The book also describes the many symbolisms and subjects that inspired Dali throughout his career. It also contains interpretations of masterworks the artist created throughout his life. This information helps contextualize Dali’s Biblia Sacra portfolio. The creation of the book consisted of countless hours of research, interviews with experts, Latin translations, and consultations with various museums and libraries. This makes it the most extensive and comprehensive work on the subject. Everyone will learn something while reading this book.