The Golden Calf Symbolism

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A total of $270 million worth of artwork created by English artist Damien Hirst was sold at the Sotheby's auction, ‘Beautiful Inside My Head Forever’, in 2008. Out of more than 200 pieces of art being sold at the auction , The Golden Calf spotlighted the ground and caught the eyes of participants at this record breaking sale. The Golden Calf featured a British Charolais bull preserved in formaldehyde solution. The bull stood inside a gold-framed glass tank on top of a marble foundation. A giant gold disk crowned the bull’s head and 18 karat gold casted its hooves and horns. The usage of symbolism is a highlight of this magnificent piece of art. The title of the work refers to the biblical text. In Exodus episode, the Golden Calf was a piece
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