Trinity - Pharmacology, Physiology, Pathology
© Damien Hirst. All rights reserved, DACS 2009

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Trinity - Pharmacology, Physiology, Pathology 2000

On Tour On tour at UK / WALSALL / THE NEW ART GALLERY

  • Artist Rooms
In this work Hirst brings together three cabinets filled with plastic medical models, most of which would have been purchased from supply catalogues. The format of the work, with one larger cabinet flanked by two smaller ones, is akin to a religious triptych, while the title, Trinity, refers to the Christian idea of the Holy Trinity (God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost). Hirst’s Catholic upbringing is one of the key factors to an understanding of his work. He uses pharmaceutical products as a modern metaphor for religion: both are employed to combat, and come to terms with, death.

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Triptych

An artwork consisting of three components. It may refer specifically to a work with wings that fold over the central image; this is a common form for altarpieces.

Triptych

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00500
  • Medium Glass, fibreboard, wood, steel and plastic
  • Size 274.50 x 183.50 x 47.20 cm; two vitrines, each: 213.50 x 153.00 x 47.20 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008