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Salvador Dali, 1946

A major advantage of all 20th century artists is their ability to gain access to visual sources from different times, cultures and materials. Photographic reproductions, television and movies have provided modern artists with resources beyond the wildest dreams of their forebears. This painting of The temptation of St Anthony is an example of an artist being 'clever'. Producing a picture which is intended for public or private galleries, a picture to display his skills and knowledge, he includes a reference to Bernini's Column in Rome and the Escorial Palace in Spain. The main purpose of such paintings is to startle and draw attention to the artist. Like naughty children such an artist must be mischievous to succeed.

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