Andy Warhol, ‘Saint Apollonia (FS II.331)’, 1984, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Saint Apollonia (FS II.331)’, 1984, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Saint Apollonia (FS II.331)’, 1984, Revolver Gallery

Title: Saint Apollonia (FS II.331)
Medium: Screenprint on Essex Offset Kid.
Year: 1984
Size: 30″ x 22″
Edition: Edition of 250, 35 AP, 8 PP, 80 individual TP not in portfolios, 20 individual TP not in portfolios numbered in Roman numerals, signed and numbered in pencil. Portfolio of 4.

SAINT APOLLONIA 331

Saint Apollonia 331, by the “Pope of Pop” Andy Warhol, is based on a 15th century Renaissance painting by Piero Della Francesca. Saint Apollonia holds a tooth within pincers in reference to her grisly martyrdom in the 3rd century AD. The Patron Saint of dentists and toothaches was an apt choice for Warhol, who was constantly plagued by physical ailments.

SAINT APOLLONIA 331 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK

The screenprint of Saint Apollonia is inspired by a panel painting attributed to the workshop of Piero della Francesca (1470). Apollonia is recognized as the patron saint of dentistry as it was believed that her teeth were broken with pincers during her martyrdom in the 3rd century. The 5th century painting hangs in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Warhol’s work, like that of many artists, studies themes surrounding religion and their inherent iconography. In this piece, it is his artistic respect for the icon that is uniquely notable. As opposed to applying color in broad strokes and having layers purposely misalign and bleed over each other, Warhol delicately executes his image. There is very little cropping in this print compared to the original painting he referenced and he even preserves the ‘cracks’ from the original, almost treating it as an homage.

Andy Warhol Saint Apollonia 331

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About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York