Hirst’s ‘Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain’ (2006) on display in Chatsworth House Chapel

On semi-permanent display in Chatsworth’s magnificent seventeenth century chapel.

Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

1 March 2012

Hirst’s eight-foot tall ‘Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain’ (2006) is positioned within the chapel’s magnificent alabaster altarpiece. Above the sculpture, the carved figures of ‘Faith’ and ‘Justice’ can be deciphered, flanking Antonio Verrio’s painting of ‘Doubting Thomas’ (1694). 

Whilst retaining the appearance of a classical sculpture through the use of bronze, Hirst has reinterpreted traditional depictions of the Christian martyr. The flayed figure holds a scalpel, as according to tradition, but also a pair of scissors. Inspired by Tim Burton’s film ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (1990), this addition implies that, “his exposure and pain is seemingly self-inflicted. It’s kind of beautiful yet tragic.”[1]

For more information on visiting Chatsworth House please visit: www.chatsworth.org

[1] Damien Hirst cited in ‘Beyond Limits, Sotheby’s at Chatsworth: A Selling Exhibition’ (Sotheby’s, 2006)