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Damien Hirst - Petit Palais

Anatomy of an Angel, 2008

Carrare marble
187 x 98 x 78.5 cm
Presented by White Cube, London, Honk Kong
Photo : Marc Domage

Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol. He lives and works in London.

The classically posed Carrara marble figure is based on Alfred Boucher’s L’Hirondelle, 1920. In Damien Hirst’s version, cross-sections of the angel’s body reveal a human anatomical structure beneath the skin. Carved entirely in exquisite, pure white marble, the cross-section evokes the teaching models Damien Hirst referenced in his earlier work, Hymn, 1999-2005, the iconic, twenty-foot tall, painted bronze sculpture of a model head and torso. This exceptional sculpture demonstrates the artist’s enduring interest in modern science, religious iconography and issues pertaining to the sacred. Pitching medical fact against notions of belief and spirituality, the sculpture arguably serves to dissect the discrepancy between the fragility of life – and our means of seeking solace in the face of it – and our unquestioning faith in the rigors of science.

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