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The Madonna of Port Lligat
The Madonna of Port Lligat is the name of two paintings by Salvador Dalí. The first was created in 1949, measuring 49 x 37.5 cm, and is now housed in the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dalí created a second painting in 1950 with the same title and same themes, with various poses and details changed, measuring 144 x 96 cm; as of 2004 the 1950 Madonna is exhibited by the Fukuoka City Art Gallery, Japan.
The paintings both depict a seated middled aged Madonna (posed by Dalí's wife, Gala) with the infant Christ on her lap. Both figures have rectangular holes cut into their torsos, suggestive of their transcendent status. They are posed in a landscape, with a view of Port Lligat , Catalonia sea shore in the background, with various surrealist details, including nails, fish, seashell, egg, and bread. The 1949 Madonna has a sea urchin; the 1950 Madonna has a rhinoceros and additional figures of angels, also posed by Gala.
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