Damien Hirst “For the Love of God”
325 x 240 mm (12 x 9 inches)
Silkscreen print with glaze
Edition of 1700
Signed and numbered out of 1700 come with coa. Beautiful matted and framed.
Printed on the occasion of the 2007 exhibition â€˜Damien Hirst: Beyond Beliefâ€™ at White Cube, Masonâ€™s Yard and Hoxton Square. In this exhibition, Hirst continued to explore the fundamental themes of human existence â€“ life, death, truth, love, immortality and art itself. For the Love of God is a life-size cast of a human skull in platinum, covered entirely by 8,601 VVS to flawless pavÃ©-set diamonds, weighing a total of 1,106.18 carats. It is without precedent in the history of art. On one level, the work is a traditional â€˜Memento Moriâ€™, an object that addresses the transience of human existence. â€˜The skull is out of this world, celestial almostâ€™ writes the distinguished art historian Rudi Fuchs. â€˜It proclaims victory over decay. At the same timeâ€™, Fuchs continues, â€˜it represents death as something infinitely more relentless. Compared to the tearful sadness of a vanitas scene, the diamond skull is glory itself.’