Ego sum vermis et non homo - From "Biblia Sacra"

Ego sum vermis et non homo  ("But I am a worm and not a man") is an original artwork realized by  Salvador Dalí  in 1964.

It is part of  Biblia Sacra vulgatæ editionis  published by Rizzoli-Mediolani between 1967 and 1969.

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Ego sum vermis et non homo ("But I am a worm and not a man") is an original artwork realized by Salvador Dalí in 1964.

It is part of Biblia Sacra vulgatæ editionis published by Rizzoli-Mediolani between 1967 and 1969.

Color lithograph on heavy rag paper.

Signed and dated on plate on the lower left margin.

Perfect conditions.

This simple, yet poignant artwork represents Jesus uttering his last breath. Jesus's presence is shown as a smudge, alluding to his pain and suffering after the crucifixion. The left side of the grey background features a side profile of a man while the right side contains a hidden image of a man's face. The lithograph is part of the imponent work Biblia Sacra vulgatæ editionis published by Rizzoli-Mediolani between 1967 and 1969. It was illustrated by Salvador Dalí with a suite of 105 colored lithographs after water-color artworks. The paper sheets are signed and dated on plate, and each of them comes with a Japanese paper tissue with a printed biblical quotation. The works also demonstrate Dalí’s artistic spontaneity in the use of the “bulletism” technique, a Dalinian invention where an arquebus (a type of ancient gun) is loaded with ink-filled capsules and then fired against blank sheets of paper. In 1963, Biblia Sacra was commissioned by Giuseppe Albaretto, a very pious man, who was one of Dalí’s closest friends and patrons between the 1950s and the 1960s. Giuseppe Albaretto and his wife Mara commissioned several of Dalí's works, and became important publishers of his etchings and lithographs, including the Biblia Sacra. Through these commissions, Albaretto hoped that Dalí would reconcile with religion. The friendship between the Albarettos and Salvador Dalí provided the art world with some of the most spectacular Surrealist artworks. These works are a few of the most desirable graphic works ever created by the artist. In the preface of the work, the publisher asserts that the lithographs “configure, in both a universal and a personal way, the dynamic vision that characterizes the relationship between men and God”.

Salvador Dalí (Figueres, 1904 – Figueres, 1989) is considered one of the most versatile and prolific artists of the XX century and the founding father of Surrealism. In the course of his long career, he successfully experimented with sculpture, fashion, writing, and filmmaking. In his early use of organic morphology, his work bears the stamp of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. His work is also characterized by a fascination with classical art, manifested in the realistic style and religious symbolism of his latest works. Dalí was born near Barcelona to a middle class family. He soon demonstrated an interest in art, and, at the age of 18, he attended the Special Painting, Sculpture and Engraving School of San Fernando in Madrid. His eccentricity was notorious, and at first even more famous than his works. When he traveled to Paris, he met Pablo Picasso in his studio and took inspiration from Cubism. In 1928, he collaborated with Buñuel on Un Chien Andalou, which eventually became a manifest of Surrealism. Surrealists considered recruiting Dalí into their circle. In the next years, Dalí’s paintings illustrated his theories about paranoia. He painted bodies, corps, objects that reflected sexuality, anxiety and fear. In the 1950s, Dalí’s paintings focused on religious themes reflecting his interest in the supernatural. During that period, he stayed at the St. Regis hotel, where he met Andy Warhol, another eccentric personality that was considered a modern influence for the setting Dalí produced earlier. Dalí epitomizes the idea that life is the greatest form of art; André Breton said about him: “It is with Dalí that, for the very first time, the windows of the mind are wide open”.

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Salvador Dalì
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Excellent (perfect conditions, as new)
Dimensions (cm)
49 x 0.1 x 33.7