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Damien Hirst: H10-3 Theodora - Signed Print

H10-3 Theodora
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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Giclée print, 2022
Signed Print

Critical Review

The print is part of Hirst’s collection H-10 The Empresses. The collection is composed of five gliclée prints all of which show intricate patterns composed of red butterflies. This is the only print in the collection which features an asymmetrical pattern. The prints are all named after famous Empresses from various historical periods. This print is named after the Byzantine Empress Theodora who is remembered for implementing a number of significant religious and social policies after marrying Emperor Justinian in 527 CE.

Butterflies appear frequently in Hirst’s artworks. The artist explains that he was drawn to butterflies because of the way in which they retain an iridescent beauty, even in death. Hirst elaborates: “I love butterflies because when they are dead they look alive.” For Hirst butterflies embody the fragility of life and the use of the insect in his artworks is a means for the artist to explore themes of life and death and address questions of mortality.

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