Diligam Te Domine is a signed screen print in colours with diamond dust produced by renowned contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. Using a circular canvas, Hirst produces a spectacular arrangement of butterfly wings. Set against a green backdrop, circles of brightly coloured butterflies emanate outwards. The bold colours and intricate patterns are captivating and seize the viewer’s attention.
The print, made in 2010, is part of the artist’s Psalms series. Hirst started producing this series in 2008 and each print is made using butterfly wings on painted canvases. The print’s Latin name references a psalm from the Old Testament. As well as this direct religious reference, the artwork’s design resonates with the symmetry of the stained-glass windows found in Gothic churches. The concentric circles also seem to be influenced by Buddhist mandalas. The print has a range of religious references, meaning it can be read in a variety of ways, appealing both to the individual, as well as universal.
The butterfly has become a signature part of Hirst’s visual language and iconography. Hirst was attracted to the universal beauty of the butterfly, explaining, “everyone loves butterflies.” He was also intrigued by the way they embody the fragility of life, retaining an iridescent beauty, even in death.