Venus de Milo with Drawers, 1936 (and a related sculpture, there is another one in bronze)
The only difference between the immortal Greece and contemporary times is Sigmund Freud, who discovered that the human body, purely platonic at the Greece epoch, nowadays is full of secret drawers that only the psychoanalysis is capable to open. ( http://wgonz.addr.com/Tour/cajones.htm )
The world will admire me. Perhaps I'll be despised and misunderstood, but I'll be a great genius, I'm certain of it. (when he was 16 years old)
There has grown up a mythology in recent times that geniuses are just the extreme points on a continuum of intelligence. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are a superious race apart.
Every morning when I wake up I experience an exquisite joythe joy of being Salvador Dalíand I ask myself in rapture, ‘What wonderful things this Salvador Dalí is going to accomplish today?’
The difference between me and a madman is the fact that I am not mad.
The only difference between the Surrealists and me is that I am a Surrealist.
...my good friend Carlos Ribas studied the civilisation of Apollonian Greece and Dionysian Greece all his life without once realising the critical difference between them...Salvador Dali, Diary of a Genius
Soby, James Thrall. Salvador Dali. Museum of Modern Art: Arno Press: New York 1968. Platzner, Gloria and Harris, Stephen L. Classical Mythology: Images and Insights