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Being once an unbeliever, the psyche of Genius changed dramatically, and he converted to faith. These changes were immediately expressed in his work - strange images combined with Christian motifs coupled with mysticism.
He created two versions of the painting “Madonna of Port Lligat”. The face of the Mother of God traces the features of his beloved wife Gala, which he tried to portray on many of his canvases. The Holy One is dressed in a monastic attire, which in those days was considered traditional, where the central part is ajar and forms an opening, and a child is visible from it. This is Jesus Christ. He also depicts an opening in his chest, which symbolizes the unity of mother and child.
The Madonna sits in a split archway in two, and the child hovers above the pillow, and perhaps this is a blue cloud. Above them is a conch, denoting St. James, and above the head of the Madonna is an egg. Such a painting without applying the effects of an effective image, a critical manner and the illusion of reality reveals the artist’s desire to work in the classical style, which was considered to be the pinnacle of artistic development.
Critics regarded the use of the appearance of his wife Gala to portray the image of the Mother of God, as cynicism, but Dali was not going to change his mind.
The artist clearly understood that it would be difficult to convince Spain and the whole world that he sincerely, like a true Catholic, painted this picture. But, despite this, the picture is now one of the most expensive and most valuable works of art in the world.
In 1949, Pope Pius XII blessed this painting, and Salvador brought it to him as a gift.
The influence on the artist of the Renaissance art in this picture reaches its highest point. Fragments of images reflect the "Nuclear mysticism" of Dali, which can be traced in his other works of this period.