15th - 20th Cent. Masters
Tristan and Isolde
In Dalí’s illustration, Tristan, and the Dragon, we see the dragon moments before Tristan engages it in battle, kills it, and cuts out its tongue. Between the dragon and our hero, a flower; Dalí’s symbol for the divine feminine and a metaphor for Isolde, yet unknown to Tristan but there to remind him of his duty to King Marc. A large stone makes its first appearance and is often associated with the passage from one life to the next. For Tristan, this symbolizes the awaiting change in his life’s course. A row of rib bones behind the dragon tells us that death is waiting – but for whom?