Mythology Suite

Dalí illustrated Mythology by drawing very closely upon the symbolism of the ancient Greek legends. Using what he called “hazard objectif” (the meaningful manifestation of chance), he would often start with an abstract smudge, created in a single motion. He developed his theme from this sign of Fate, like the Pythia of Delphi who interpreted the Oracle from the smoke coming out of the cave. This is particularly noticeable in his etchings entitled: “Oedipus and Sphinx,” “Theseus and Minotaurus,” “Jupiter,” “Pegasus” and “The Milky Way.” When Dalí worked on these plates, he experimented with all kinds of unusual tools like chisels, nails or wheels. For the “Medusa,” he imprinted onto the copper plate a real octopus immersed in acid.

Athena (1963)
Mythology

Salvador Dali
Hand-Colored Etching on Paper
22.5 in x 16 in

Oedipus and Sphinx (1963)
Mythology

Salvador Dali
Drypoint and Aquatint Etching on Paper
30.25 in × 22.63 in

Leda and The Swan (1963)
Mythology

Salvador Dali
Drypoint on Paper
30 in x 18.125 in

Medusa (1963)
Mythology

Salvador Dali
Original Etching on Paper
22 in × 30 in

Argus in Black and White (1963)
Mythology

Salvador Dali
Black and White Etching on Paper
22 in × 30 in

Pegasus (1964)
Mythology

Salvador Dali
Hand-Colored Etching on Paper
22 in × 30 in

The Judgement of Paris (1963)
Mythology

Salvador Dali
Hand-Colored Etching on Paper
30 in x 22 in