After five years on display at Chatsworth, the venue has announced that Damien Hirst’s eight-foot tall bronze sculpture Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain will reach the end of its loan period.
Visitors have until the end of October to see the work, which has been on loan to Chatsworth since 2009, positioned within the magnificent alabaster altarpiece of Chatsworth’s chapel. Above it the carved figures of Faith and Justice can be seen flanking Antonio Verrio’s painting of Doubting Thomas (1694).
Hirst reinterpreted traditional depictions of the Christian martyr in Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain - the flayed figure holds a scalpel, as according to tradition, but also a pair of scissors. Inspired by Tim Burton’s film Edward Scissorhands, Hirst said that “his exposure and pain is seemingly self-inflicted. It’s kind of beautiful yet tragic.”
St Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain is one of a number of Hirst sculptures hosted by Chatsworth in recent years. In 2011, a new painted bronze, winged horse called Legend was unveiled as part of the Beyond Limits monumental sculpture exhibition while The Virgin Mother, a 33-foot, thirteen-ton bronze, stood at the entrance to the House during 2010.