Art: A Dali Worthy of Dali

Needle-mustached Salvador Dali raised his enameled walking stick and issued the judgment of a connoisseur. "It is the greatest painting since Raphael," he proclaimed. "As a matter of fact, it is very much like Raphael." He was referring to Santiago el Grande (Saint James the Great), a huge tribute in meticulously brushed oils to Spain's military patron saint. It was painted in five months by the artist that Salvador Dali calls the world's "great genius"—Salvador Dali.

Fashioned after Dali's dream of Santiago rising from the sea, the 13½-ft.-high by 10-ft.-wide canvas shows the saint on a rearing horse. The domelike background represents...

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