Galacidalacidesoxyribonucleicacid

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Galacidalacidesoxyribonucleicacid
Galacidalacidesoxyribonucleicacid.jpg
Artist Salvador Dalí
Year 1963
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 305 cm × 345 cm (120 in × 136 in)
Location Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

Galacidalacidesoxyribonucleicacid (also known as Homage to Crick and Watson (Discoverers of DNA)) is a 1963 painting by Salvador Dalí. The painting's title is a portmanteau of the name of Dalí's wife, Gala Dalí, and Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). It is a tribute to Francis Crick and James D. Watson, who determined the double helical structure of DNA in 1953.

The painting is in the collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.[1]

History[edit]

The painting was commissioned by the New England National Bank of Boston.[2]

Composition[edit]

Gala Dalí is depicted in the foreground of the painting, with her back to the viewer.

Analysis[edit]

In a note describing the work, Dalí mused that the double helix is "the only structure linking man to God."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.salvadordalimuseum.org/collection/collection_highlights.html
  2. ^ Phillip Lambro. Close Encounters of the Worst Kind. Lulu.com, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4303-0401-2. Page 24
  3. ^ Suzanne Anker and Dorothy Nelkin. The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2004. AuthorsEdition 2, illustrated. ISBN 0-87969-697-4. Page XII.