A striking Dali etching with aquatint from ‘The Historia de Don Quixote de la Mancha Suite ’ signed in pencil outside the plate with the edition number 86/300. Modern Gilt frame.
(See: The Official Catalogue of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali , Albert Field p144)
The Ingenious Gentleman Sir Quixote of La Mancha or just Don Quixote is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and, probably, the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published, such as the Bokklubben World Library collection that cites Don Quixote as the authors' choice for the "best literary work ever written".
Cervantes, in his novel Don Quixote de la Mancha, tells us of a barber who was caught in the rain, and to protect his hat clapped his brazen basin on his head. Don Quixote insisted that this basin was the enchanted helmet of the Moorish king, Mambrino. Don Quixote wishes to obtain the helmet in order to make himself invulnerable.
Provenance: New York, Private Collector.
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