Damien Hirst, For the Love of God, Believe
Title: For the Love of God, Believe
Size: 325 x 240 mm
Original Pricing: £925
Markings: Signed and numbered
See Also: For the Love of God, diamond dust For the Love of God, Laugh For the Love of God, Pray For the Love of God, Shine For the Love of God, The Diamond Skull
Printed on the occasion of the 2007 exhibition ‘Damien Hirst: Beyond Belief’ at White Cube, Mason’s Yard and Hoxton Square. In this exhibition, Hirst continued to explore the fundamental themes of human existence – life, death, truth, love, immortality and art itself. For the Love of God is a life-size cast of a human skull in platinum, covered entirely by 8,601 VVS to flawless pavé-set diamonds, weighing a total of 1,106.18 carats. It is without precedent in the history of art. On one level, the work is a traditional ‘Memento Mori’, an object that addresses the transience of human existence. ‘The skull is out of this world, celestial almost’ writes the distinguished art historian Rudi Fuchs. ‘It proclaims victory over decay. At the same time’, Fuchs continues, ‘it represents death as something infinitely more relentless. Compared to the tearful sadness of a vanitas scene, the diamond skull is glory itself.' Excerpt from exhibition text © Rudi Fuchs, 2007, courtesy White Cube Gallery
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