Damien Hirst

The rose window, Durham Cathedral, 2008

Butterflies and metallic paint on canvas in artist’s frame
299.2 × 299.2 × 15 cm

Damien Hirst has been using coloured butterfly wings to give a churchy, stained-glass window effect in this work. The dazzling symmetry of his Rose Window, constructed of butterflies and metallic paint on canvas, in which the fragility and extravagant color becomes the basis for a circular ornamental mosaic – straightforwardly replicates the medieval rose window at Durham Cathedral. It’s a recurring image in art history, the butterfly as the soul: fragility and mortality as a fragile beauty of life.

Damien Hirst. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. Mar — Jun 2017

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