Salvador Dali 1975

Computer circuits were way beyond Da Vinci’s time, but some computers have been labelled after Da Vinci as a reference to his pursuit of innovation. Computers were invented as a response to Russian intelligence in WW2 and used as a way to win the war by cracking their codes of communication. The Dali work shows the computer circuit with figures around it.

This work is part of the “Hommage a Leonardo da Vinci” portfolio (Great Inventions), which is full of Dalí’s fantastical creations made as a sincere and very personal tribute to the artists Renaissance idol, Leonardo da Vinci. The suite of 12 original engravings, combined with colour by pochoir and etchings, compels art-lovers across the globe to reflect on the many achievements of both masters. The two artists shared many interests including their passion for not only fine art, but a variety of scientific topics, including physics, engineering, and arithmetic. Their dynamic, multi-faceted personalities pushed them to undertake an abundance of creative projects, many of which diverge from artist inquiry and instead centre around invention and innovation.