Damien Hirst. The rose window, Durham Cathedral, 2008
Butterflies and metallic paint on canvas in artist's frame | 299,2 x 299,2 x 15 cm
Damien Hirst
The rose window, Durham Cathedral, 2008

Butterflies and metallic paint on canvas in artist's frame
299,2 x 299,2 x 15 cm
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Provenance
Artist's Studio
Sotheby's Auction: Damien Hirst - Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, 15 September 2008, London, Lot 27
Gary Tatintsian Gallery

Exhibitions
Damien Hirst. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. 31 March – 1 June, 2017

Damien Hirst has been using coloured butterfly wings to give a churchy, stained-glass window effect in painting. The dazzling symmetry of his Rose Window, constructed of butterflies and metallic paint on canvas, in which the fragility and extravagant color becomes the basis for a circular ornamental mosaic – straightforwardly replicates the medieval rose window at Durham Cathedral. It's a recurring image in art history, the butterfly as the soul: fragility and mortality as a fragile beauty of life.
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