15th - 20th Cent. Masters
Jonah and the Whale
In one of the most well-known stories of the Hebrew scriptures, Jonah was thrown overboard by the sailors and swallowed by a giant fish where he remained for three days until God had the fish spit, Jonah, upon the shore, near Nineveh. Dali’s depiction of this event is similar to the famed painting of the same subject by Pieter Lastman in 1621, also called Jonah and the Whale. In both depictions, Jonah’s arms and legs still reach out to escape both the whale and the assignment from God. Thus, in what can only be a Dali, the master surrealist has recreated the fear and struggle of the recalcitrant prophet and the inescapable will of God who sent him to Nineveh.