Emmaline and I recently viewed the Dali exhibit at the University of West Florida. The show included 100 woodcuts illustrating Dante's La Commedia Divina, and Dali's style is quite evident in many of the pieces. Imagine the time for the woodcuts and the whole process for printing. Artists just amaze me.
Dante's character is Christlike in the prints. I have yet to read the Comedy and don't know if this is intentional but I like that Dali portrays him in such a way. He wears a crown of leaves and robes...as do all the religious characters. And despite the Judeo-Christian influence, there still resides the mythological history of the Italian people as obvious in the Arachne print.
Some prints didn't do anything for me. I passed them without a second glance. I thought pehaps the muted tones were reasons enough but they only enhanced the general scene....overall, the whole collection is quieter and simplistic in color. I think it was the ambiguity of the subject in some prints that dissatisfied me. While others were expressive and sometimes explicit, there were those few that just seemed like pretty fillers.
I did enjoy the collection though. Emma had her favorites as well (though I can't find a copy of it online to show you). I had almost nerve enough to pull out the cell phone and snap a couple of pics, but I wanted to be respectful.