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Damien Hirst: Memento 7 - Signed Print

Memento 7
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Intaglio, 2008
Signed Print Edition of 30
H 120cm x W 108cm

Critical Review

Fascinated by death, the skull is an important piece of iconography throughout Hirst’s artistic career. Drawing on traditional art historical themes, the title of the series is indicative of the Latin phrase ‘memento mori’, that translates in English to ‘remember that you will die’ and is a common theme in 17th century still life paintings.

This series is notable in that it was made a year after one of Hirst’s most iconic sculptures, For the Love of God (2007), that took the form of a diamond-studded skull. The skulls depicted in the Memento series, like Memento 7, are a stark reminder of death, especially when considered alongside the butterflies that also feature in the first half of the series. Standing in for the transitory nature of life, Hirst sets the butterfly motif in dialogue with the skull to make clear his investigation of metamorphosis and resurrection.

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