Exhibition at the at the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, 26 November 2010 - 1 May 2011.
"Who will find Damien Hirst's skull in a thousand years' time will not be that interested in its author, but rather in its symbolic value, its preciousness, just like the Belize crystal skull (1600 BC)".
Francesco Bonami, curator at the Palazzo Vecchio.
For the Love of God (2007), the with diamonds encrusted skull by Damien Hirst is on display in Florence, Italy. The work consists of a life-sized platinum cast of a human skull covered in a total of 8,601 diamonds and was first unveiled at the White Cube gallery in London in June 2007. Beyond Belief, the exhibition which included the diamond skull as well as a selection of other new works by Hirst, was described as the most significant and ambitious exhibition by the artist at that time. For the Love of God caused controversy in the art world both for its symbolic qualities and the excessive application of diamonds. Since the initial show the work has only been on display once, at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in late 2008.
In Florence, the diamond skull will be housed in the Palazzo Vecchio, the historic seat of the Florentine government and one of the great masterpieces of Italian art and architecture. The rooms of the palace were decorated and designed by Vasari and used to host the court of Duke Cosimo I de' Medici. For the Love of God will be displayed in the House of Duke Cosimo, which means visitors will have to pass the studio and wunderkammer of Francesco I de' Medici, usually visited only by appointment.
Tickets to see the work, which also include entry to the study of Fransesco I de' Medici and the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence are available for €10.
For those intrigued by the technical process behind the artwork, a creative guide to the making of the diamond skull is available on our website. For a wide selection of prints, posters and For The Love of God postcards, please visit our shop.