Damien HirstMonument to the Living and the Dead 2006

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Damien Hirst (born 1965)
Monument to the Living and the Dead
Date 2006
MediumButterflies and household gloss paint on 2 canvases
Dimensionssupport, each: 2135 x 2135 x 33 mm displayed: 2322 x 4645 x 120 mm frame: 2322 x 2322 x 120 mm frame: 2323 x 2325 x 120 mm
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Not on display

Online caption

This large butterfly diptych was made specially for The d’Offay Donation. A diptych of two pieces of wood or metal containing the names of the living and the dead has been used, so that prayers and Masses can be said for their souls. Hirst has long been obsessed with butterflies as a metaphor for mortality. They are traditional symbols of the soul. In 1991 Hirst filled a London gallery with hundreds of live tropical butterflies, some of them growing from chrysalises on monochrome canvasses hung from the wall.

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