Saint Apollonia (F. & S. II.333) is a signed screen print made by the renowned 20th century artist, Andy Warhol. Made in 1984, the print comes in an edition size of 250 and shows Saint Apollonia, a martyr from the 2nd century who was tortured by Alexandrian mobs for being a devout Christian. The image is based off a painting produced by the Italian painter Piero Della Francesca which dates back to the 15th century. The saint is depicted holding a tooth with a pair of pliers as it is believed she was tortured by having her teeth pulled out.
Saint Apollonia is rendered in Warhol’s signature Pop Art style, characterised by his use of bold gestural lines and bright and vibrant colours. Set against a yellow backdrop, Warhol outlines Saint Apollonia with blue crayon-like lines. Saint Apollonia (F. & S. II.333) is one of four screen prints in Warhol’s Saint Apollonia collection. The prints are all based on the same painting but each unique in their colour composition.
Warhol was a Catholic and attended the St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church during his youth. The religious symbolism and iconography he was exposed to when growing up no doubt inspired this collection.