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Cologne Cathedral (F. & S. II.363)

Cologne Cathedral (F. & S. II.363)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1985
Signed Print Edition of 60
H 99cm x W 79cm

Critical Review

This print is part of a series of four screen prints, all of which depict the Roman Catholic Church in Cologne, Germany. The prints all show the same angle of the church yet vary in the colours used in the compositions. The church tends to be rendered in bright and bold colours, however Cologne Cathedral (F. & S. II.364) stands out due to the dark colours privileged in the print. The cathedral is Germany’s most visited landmark and is famous for housing the reliquary of the Three Kings.

Rendering the cathedral using bold colours and sketch-like lines means the cathedral becomes unrecognisable. It is difficult for the viewer of this print to identify the building without knowing the print’s name. Warhol intentionally does this to show how his Pop Art style can be used to significantly redefine the cathedral and transform its Gothic architecture.