OIL PAINTING: The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, 1958
Three major influences (other than Gala, who was ALWAYS Dali's chief muse) inspired Dali to create this Masterwork - The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, which is more than 14 feet tall. The first of these was the appraching 300th anniversary of the death of Velazques, who was very important to Dali. The second was that there was considerable academic debate at the time regarding the true nationality of Columbus. Some were asserting that Columbus had been Catalonian rather than Italian, and Dali seized upon this opportunity to further glorify his wondrous Catalonia. FInally, the gallery which commissioned Dali to paint this work, the Huntington Hartford Gallery, was situated on Columbus Circle in New York City. The combination of these 3 things was enough to inspire Dali to wondrous heights of creativity.