During Mass today, the Father reminded us of our Catholic and Christian accomplishments and the need and privelge of their defense.
I don’t recognize the art work attached to this mini post, Mr Martin. But, I am pleased and grateful to see the Blessed Virgin Mary leading. Thank you.
That’s Salvador Dalí’s Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.
In the bottom center of the painting, on the beach a few steps in front of Columbus, is the bumpy and pockmarked brown sphere of a sea urchin with a curious halo-like ring around it. A story is told that Morse objected to this object on artistic grounds, and suggested that Dalí paint over it. Dalí insisted that it was an important element in the painting, and that Morse needed to contemplate it to understand. Morse reluctantly agreed, but never did think much about the sea urchin until 10 years later, when he was watching the Apollo 11 Moon landing on television, and he came to a sudden realization. He immediately telephoned Dalí to excitedly tell him that he now understood that the sea urchin represented other planets that young America would explore in the tradition of Columbus. Dalí replied curtly, “Yes, of course. It took you this long to figure it out? Incredible! Now I must get back to work”, and hung up on Morse.
Dali? Really. I would not have guessed that from what little I know of his other works. That is a wonderful anecdote about the sea urchin, too. Thanks for sharing that fact, too.
I did some of my own checking after seeing the Dali piece. How could I have forgotten that Columbus ship was the Santa Maria? Reputedly named for the El Puerto de Santa Maria. How wonderful to have started out from the port of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was reported that at the close of their first day in the new world the soldiers and sailors sang Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen) Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae.
Thanks again for the history AND art lesson. I appreciate it.
Look into more later Dalí. He got over the melting watches and unibuttock-on-crutch phase to remind us that he was a brilliant classically-trained painter. The Hypercube Crucifixion is another incredible painting.
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