''Dalí: The Late Work'' was the first major exhibition of Dalí's late work to be ever be presented perhaps one of the only times that works from later in Dalí's career were the focus of an exhibition, ignoring the overwhelming critical response that these works were 'bad' Dalí.

The exhibition, although focused on Dalí's move to become a modern Renaissance artist - with faith his subject, did not shy away from showcasing Dalí's commercialism and featured his works commissioned by Walt Disney.

But it is the religious works that hit a high note with a great deal of America's Dalí enthusiasts. This later group of paintings highlights European themes that fascinate the American audience: faith, old masters and how they work, or do not work, alongside science and invention.

Raised by his Catholic in Spain's Catalan region, Dalí never completely abandoned his faith at a time when surrealists denounced the Church in the 1920s. However, his return to Catholicism was deemed by some critics as insincere, stating that Dalí had lost his artistic genius in a world that was moving towards abstract modern art.

galatea-of-the-spheres Salvador Dalí, Nuclear Mysticism

One striking piece that was part of the exhibition was the painting Nuclear Mysticism. Around the time of the exhibition in Atlanta, Dalí expert and curator of the show Elliot King commented on how the artist ''became captivated with nuclear physics. For the first time, physics was providing proof for the existence of God, he said, and it was now up to artists to integrate this knowledge into the great artistic tradition. He called this blend of religion and physics 'nuclear mysticism,' and it directed his art through the 1950s.''

Christ_of_Saint_John_of_the_Cross Salvador Dalí, The Christ of St. John of the Cross, 1950

Two of Dalí's great religious compositions were loaned to Atlanta: The Christ of St. John of the Cross, 1950, and Assumpta Corpuscularia Lapislazulina, 1952, which celebrated the newly proclaimed dogma of the Assumption of the Virgin, and exhibited publicly for the first time since 1959.

dali-last-supper Salvador Dalí, The Sacrament of the Last Supper

There are currently two other prominent works from Dalí's religious period in America's art collection. New York's Metropolitan Museum owns the more than 6-foot-tall canvas Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubicus), 1954, which stands in at over 6ft and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, is home to The Sacrament of the Last Supper.

All works featured in the gallery above are currently at auction at Auction King. Check out the full catalog here.

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