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Profile of the Day: Salvador Dalí

Do you have Spanish ancestry? On this day in 1904, surrealist painter Salvador Dalí was born.

Image: Salvador Dalí / Library of Congres

He was born Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domènech in Figueres, Spain. Nine months before his birth, his older brother, also named Salvador, died of gastroenteritis. At the age of five, his parents had told him that he was the reincarnation of his brother. A believer in the concept, Dalí incorporated images of his brother into his work.

Encouraged at a young age to pursue his artistic talents, Dalí experimented with different mediums, including painting, film, sculptures and photography. He is perhaps best known for his painting of melting clocks, “The Persistence of Memory.”

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