15th - 20th Cent. Masters
Tristan and Isolde
In Dalí’s portrait of King Marc, the artist has created a detailed image of the King of Cornwall with his crown in place. His beard and striking countenance are out shown only by his thoughtful eyes and glistening crown - but wait. Why is there a duck upon his head? What mockery is being made of this great man behind his back? The duck has long been a symbol of clarity and intuition. Are the instincts of King Marc telling him that he is being betrayed by his nephew, Tristan?