CHRIST OF ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS

SALVADOR DALI, 1951
Death and rebirth.  Few observers of this extraordinarily symbolic painting are aware that the unusual top-down viewing angle makes the dead body shape correspond to the femaie reproductive system: the torso and legs to the womb, the arms and fingers to the fallopian tubes and their extensions that reach for the ovaries. The head of the dead Christ corresponds to the child in the womb.
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For related information about death/rebirth imagery, see our conversation with the psychiatrist Dr. John Weir Perry.