Size:100cm x 100cm
Medium:Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite, screen printed with glitter
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(The Empresses, H10-02) 2022
“Nūr Jahān” is one of Hirst’s works from “The Empresses”, a series of five glorious prints carefully composed of butterfly wings that create a kaleidoscope effect and are placed on a flaming red background. Each work has been carefully screen printed with glitter coat which offers that gleaming effect on them.
“Nūr Jahān”, defined by complex mosaic-like arrangements and structural composition, is named after the multi-skilled de-facto empress of the Mughal Empire. In 1611 Nūr Jahān (1577-1645) became Emperor Jahāngīr’s 20th wife, but not officially his empress. Nonetheless, she exerted her influence on the empire, minting coins in her name and issuing royal decrees. A great diplomat, a skilled hunter and a successful advisor, Nūr Jahān was also a talented architect – her designs for her parent’s tomb in Agra are believed to have inspired the Taj Mahal.
Signed and numbered
From an edition of 3041