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Prior to Salvadore Dali’s flamboyant artistic career being launched by art agents, he had a youthful passion to study science and “his major interests lay in the world of mathematics and optics” (Ruiz. C. 2010). Beyond a mere curiosity, his well-known obsession with an infinite universe containing a more ennobling scientific future and his familiarity with Platonic spiritual geometry led to an

incredible stroke of genius. Dali became convinced that the flat-plane surface of a painting could contain a true 3D stereoscopic message, even though Leonardo da Vinci wrote this to be impossible. At the Dali Stereoscopic Museum in Spain his somewhat cumbersome pioneering stereoscopic

demonstration needed two paintings side by side and with the help of some equipment this phenomenon is vaguely visible to the public. Although vague it is in accord with Kant’s concept that an ethical, asymmetrical, electromagnetic field was evolving within the creative artistic mind.

The structure of DNA. Stereoscopic work.

c. 1975-76

Oil on canvas 60 x 60 cm (each painting)

© Salvador Dalí. Fundació

Gala-Salvador Dalí / VEGAP, Figueres, 2016