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Damien Hirst: Diligam Te Domine - Signed Print

Diligam Te Domine
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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Screenprint, 2009
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 74cm x W 71cm

Critical Review

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.

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