Salvador Dalí’s Florals

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At first glance, Salvador Dalí’s Lilium Musicum (Lily) appears to be a delicate drawing of a classic white lily, its flowers floating from a winding stem as if from an eighteenth-century book on botanicals. Upon closer inspection, however, we see that the surrealist has in fact imparted his own interpretation of the flowers, reimagining them as gramophone speakers, the stamen transformed into musical notes leading to stanzas. Dalí completes his whimsical reinterpretation with a sketch of a pianist bringing the music to life on the page.

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