The Anatomy of an Angel, 2008

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Damien Hirst

The Anatomy of an Angel


Carrara marble

1870 x 980 x 785 mm | 73.6 x 38.6 x 30.9 in | Edition of 3

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

Exhibitions (3)

Group Exhibition - 2014
Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, United Kingdom
Solo Exhibition - 2012
Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Solo Exhibition - 2011
Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom


‘Anatomy of an Angel’ is a marble sculpture originally exhibited as part of the Sotheby’s auction of new Hirst works, Beautiful Inside My Head Forever’ in 2008. 

The classically posed Carrara marble figure is based on Alfred Boucher’s sculpture ‘L'Hirondelle’ (1920). In Hirst’s version, cross-sections of her body show the anatomical structure beneath the skin, revealing she is human after all.