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Signed Print Edition of 250
H 75cm x W 100cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|December 2021||Bonhams New Bond Street - United Kingdom||For The Love of God, Enlightenment - Signed Print|
|November 2015||Sotheby's New York - United States||For The Love of God, Enlightenment - Signed Print|
|February 2015||Christie's New York - United States||For The Love of God, Enlightenment - Signed Print|
For The Love of God, Enlightenment is one of several prints by Damien Hirst that depicts the artist’s 2007 sculpture, also entitled For The Love Of God. It was produced in 2014, showing a frontal, photorealistic image of the sculpture. The skull sits in front of a shimmering background and appears to be looking directly at the viewer.
Hirst has used diamonds in several of his works throughout his career. He understands them as an expression of wealth and perfection. However, he has questioned whether diamonds are “just a bit of glass, with accumulated metaphorical significance? Or [whether they] are genuine objects of supreme beauty connected with life.” This debate has motivated his exploration of their use in the sculpture, For The Love Of God. Subsequently, prints that he has produced of the sculpture would further explore this subject. The work also alludes to a religious preoccupation that is evident in much of Hirst’s art. For instance, several other series including the Cathedral collection make clear his religious interests.
Noteworthy in the For The Love Of God, Enlightenment print is the scale the skull occupies. It takes up a large amount of the sheet. Here the viewer is invited to explore the scull in close detail. The 8,601 diamonds and the large diamond in the forehead are perfectly displayed to the viewer. The background of the print achieves a similar visual effect to the diamonds. It is a shimmering black and grey which makes the elaborate skull appear less incongruous.