Steak and Kidney (from 'The Last Supper')
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Steak and Kidney (from 'The Last Supper') 1999
This is one in a series of thirteen screenprints based on pharmaceutical packaging. However, Hirst has replaced the brand names of the drugs with variations on his own name and initials in all but one of the prints. The exotic-sounding drug names have been replaced with names of everyday foodstuffs. Hirst makes connections between religion and medicine, perhaps to suggest that we now place our trust in the latter and consume medication as unquestioningly as food. The number of prints echoes the number of disciples, plus Jesus, present at the Last Supper. The prints also recall Andy Warhol's use of packaging and commercial art.

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A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.



  • Acc. No. GMA 4755 C
  • Medium 1 of 13 screenprints
  • Size 153.00 x 101.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased (Knapping Fund) with the assistance of the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2004