Salvador Dalí Sketches Five Spanish Immortals: Cervantes, Don Quixote, El Cid, El Greco & Velázquez

A few weeks back, we brought you Sal­vador Dalí’s 100 Illus­tra­tions of Dante’s The Divine Com­e­dy and men­tioned that we were sav­ing Dalí’s draw­ings of Don Quixote for anoth­er day. Well, that day has come.

In the ear­ly 1960s, a Swiss pub­lish­er com­mis­sioned Dalí to cre­ate a print edi­tion cel­e­brat­ing five real and imag­ined fig­ures who loom large in the Span­ish cul­tur­al imag­i­na­tion. The col­lec­tion was called The Five Span­ish Immor­tals, and it fea­tured sketch­es of Cer­vantes, Europe’s first great nov­el­ist and his unfor­get­table pro­tag­o­nist, Don Quixote. The book also paid homage to the medieval hero El Cid; the mas­ter painter El Gre­co; and Diego Rodríguez de Sil­va y Velázquez — some­one The Met calls “the most admired—perhaps the greatest—European painter who ever lived.” Cer­vantes appears above, and the remain­ing quar­tet below.

Don Quixote

El Cid

El Gre­co


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  • Chris says:

    A Don Quixote print was part of my only quasi-“Antiques Road­show” moment. A neigh­bor mov­ing out gave me some things to throw into my yard sale (East­ern Mar­ket, DC), includ­ing a neat print of a Coke bot­tle (priced 5 bucks for the frame). At the end of the day, I was going thru unsold things. Writ­ten on the back of the Coke print, “Dali behind Coke”. Sure enough, the real deal. I took it across the street to the antiques shop (con­ve­nient!) and the own­er con­firmed it was real. My neigh­bors had left no for­ward­ing, so it went up on ebay. Eas­i­ly 10 times what I made in the whole rest of the yard sale.

  • David Grzan says:

    I appre­ci­ate the qual­i­ty of con­tent that you are advanc­ing. It is very refresh­ing and sore­ly need­ed. Thank you.

  • Julieta lozada says:

    Estoy ven­di­en­do los sketch­es de Sal­vador Dali del Don Quixote y el Cid si alguen estaa intere­sa­do que me escri­ba o me llame por tele­fono 772 626 7939 …l am sell­ing sketch­es of Salv­vador Dali of Don Quixote and the Cid.

  • GLOBALARTE says:

    I Have the orig­i­nal of the Velasquez self por­trait. Con­tact me for more infor­ma­tion.

  • Andrew R Garcia says:

    What is a El cid sketch worth authen­ti­cat­ed.

  • Diana Bendo says:

    I have a Dali Velazquez.
    What would it be worth?

  • Loretta says:

    I found Don quixote Span­ish immor­tals under a pic­ture. It says that the stamp is authen­ti­ca­tion. Is it worth any­thing ?

  • David says:

    I have an El Gre­co. I would love to col­lect the oth­er 4… it seems they are inex­pen­sive because the series was big. Mine is LVI / C.

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