Elephant

Elephant

From the 1940s Salvador Dalí began to incorporate elephants with insect legs into his iconography. The elephant symbolised purity, strength and wisdom, and the animal’s longevity was a symbol of immortality. By painting his elephants with such long legs and trunks, Dalí associated them with levitation and played with the paradox of steadiness. In the work The temptation of Saint Anthony (1946), we find these elephants walking in line as if in a procession, loaded with different elements: a nude woman and an obelisk inspired by the dream in the novel The Dreams of Poliphilus (1499), which Bernini used in his sculpture Elephant and obelisk (1667). We can also find these animals in the garden of Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol.

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