For him, this image represented “the nucleus of an atom” and “the very unity of the universe, the Christ!”.
I find it captivating, don’t you?
This painting appeared to Dali in what he described as a “cosmic dream” — a vision of Christ here hovering over the waters, held deeply within the formless and empty-darkness, poised above the world and devoid of traditional nails and a crown of thorns.
A strong believer in the Catholic faith at the end of his life, Dali was fascinated with the connection between science and mystical ideas of Christian religion following the exciting advances in nuclear physics and quantum mechanics, noting that “not a single philosophic, moral, aesthetic or biological discovery allows the denial of God.”
Most closely associated with his Surrealist melting clocks, Dali painted this hyper-realistic yet ethereal work much later in his career, at the birth of his “Nuclear Mysticism” period.
A man with a most complex relationship to faith indeed.