Victory over Death
Etching with hand-colouring in gouache
Edition of 58
Sheet size: 119.5 x 108 cm (47 1/16 x 42 ½ in)
Signed by the artist on the front, numbered on the reverse
Published in 2008
This photogravure etching, with hand-colouring in gouache, is based on For the Love of God, a sculpture by Damien Hirst produced in 2007. The original sculpture consisted of a platinum cast of an 18th-century human skull, which was then encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds, including the Skull Star Diamond, a pink, pear-shaped diamond embedded in the skull’s forehead. The skull’s teeth are human and were purchased by Hirst in London. Both the sculpture and print reflect Hirst’s obsession with mortality, a theme in art dating back to antiquity.