Andy Warhol, ‘Saint Apollonia Full Suite (FS II.330-333)’, 1984, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Saint Apollonia Full Suite (FS II.330-333)’, 1984, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Saint Apollonia Full Suite (FS II.330-333)’, 1984, Revolver Gallery

Title: Saint Apollonia Complete Portfolio FS II. 330-333
Medium: Screenprint on Essex Offset Kid Finish Paper.
Year: 1984
Size: 30″ x 22″
Details: 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

Andy Warhol created the Saint Apollonia complete portfolio in 1984. Warhol often drew inspiration from Renaissance artists as seen in previous portfolios. This portfolio of four features an image taken from a panel painting attributed to the workshop of Piero della Francesca. Many works of art during Piero della Francesca’s era included symbols that aided the viewer into understanding which saint was depicted. As the patron saint of dentistry and toothaches, Saint Apollonia is depicted holding a pair of pincers which contains a tooth. It is widely believed that her teeth were broken with pincers during her martyrdom in the 3rd century. Unlike his previous Renaissance portfolios, Andy Warhol’s Saint Apollonia closely resembles the original painting, even preserving the cracks from the original work. Respecting the original artist, Andy Warhol merely updates the religious iconography and transports the image into the Pop Art movement.

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