After five years on display at the Peak District estate Chatsworth has announced that Damien Hirst’s eight-foot tall bronze sculpture ‘Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain’ will reach the end of its loan period.
Visitors have until the end of October to see the work, which has been on loan to Chatsworth since 2009, positioned within the magnificent alabaster altarpiece of Chatsworth’s chapel. Above it the carved figures of ‘Faith’ and ‘Justice’ can be seen flanking Antonio Verrio’s painting of ‘Doubting Thomas’ (1694).
Hirst reinterpreted traditional depictions of the Christian martyr in ‘Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain’ - the flayed figure holds a scalpel, as according to tradition, but also a pair of scissors. Inspired by Tim Burton’s film ‘Edward Scissorhands’, Hirst said that “his exposure and pain is seemingly self-inflicted. It’s kind of beautiful yet tragic."
‘St Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain’ is one of a number of Hirst sculptures hosted by Chatsworth in recent years. In 2011, a new painted bronze, winged horse called ‘Legend’ was unveiled as part of the Beyond Limits monumental sculpture exhibition while ‘The Virgin Mother’, a 33-foot, thirteen-ton bronze, stood at the entrance to the house during 2010.
Notes to editors:
1. Beyond Limits: to 26 October This year’s ‘Beyond Limits’ monumental sculpture exhibition at Chatsworth will feature the most ambitious work to date by one of China’s best-known and highly acclaimed artists, Xu Bing (see notes to editors). ‘Tao Hua Yuan: A Lost Village Utopia' can be seen as part of the Beyond Limits exhibition until Sunday 26 October 2014.
2. Conflict in Art: 30 June – 31 October Mantegna’s famous engraving ‘Battle of the Sea Gods’ is the centrepiece of this exhibition which can be seen in the Old Master Drawings cabinet. It includes a dozen works examining the artists’ response to conflict in their illustrations of a famous mythical or historical battle. Van Dyck’s ‘Horatius Cocles defending the Tiber Bridge’ is another highlight alongside two ink and watercolour battle scenes that previously belonged to Louis XIV of France by court painter and illuminator to the king, Sylvain Bonnet
3. Art at Chatsworth Over the past 15 years the Chatsworth House Trust and the Devonshire family have continued to purchase and commission contemporary sculpture for public display. Works by Dame Elisabeth Frink, Angela Conner, Barry Flanagan, David Nash, Gary Breeze, Laura Ellen Bacon and Allen Jones can be found throughout the garden and park.
4. The Chatsworth House Trust An independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981 to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth for the benefit of the public. All admission and event income from visitors, together with a percentage of income from shops and restaurants, goes directly to this Trust, and can only be spent on the upkeep and improvement of the house, collections, garden, farmyard and park.
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