Damien Hirst’s marble sculpture 'Anatomy of an Angel' (2008) is installed in Oslo's Ekeberg Sculpture Park.
The classically posed figure is based on Alfred Boucher’s 'L'Hirondelle' (1920). In Hirst’s version, cross-sections of the angel’s body reveal a human anatomical structure beneath the skin. The cross-section evokes the teaching models Hirst referenced in his earlier work, 'Hymn' (1999-2005), the iconic, twenty-foot tall, painted bronze sculpture of a model head and torso.
Pitching medical fact against notions of belief and spirituality, this sculpture demonstrates Hirst’s enduring interest in modern science, religious iconography and issues pertaining to the sacred.