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The large and impressive oil painting was originally commissioned to be seven separate pieces that would be part of the walls of the church of Pio Monte della Misericordia, in Naples, Italy. However, Caravaggio decided the merge the Seven Works of Mercy into one impressive piece that ended up by being the altarpiece of the church. The painting was completed on the year of 1607 and Caravaggio did an outstanding job in combining all the Seven Works and representing the Madonna all in one complex scene.
The Seven works include: Feeding the Hungry and Visiting the Imprisoned, that is represented by a lady breastfeeding a caged man on the right-hand side of the composition. Behind her, two men are carrying a body covered with a cloth, representing the second Work of Mercy that is burying the dead. The left of them, there is a pilgrim represented as an innkeeper, providing shelter to a homeless man, standing for the third Work. The next one, Clothe the Naked, is dramatically performed Saint Martin, who is ripping his clothes in half and sharing with the homeless. The naked and disabled homeless man is being visited by Saint Martin, serving as Visiting the Sick, the sixth Work. Lastly, we have Samson drinking water on the back of the group on the left, completing the seven Works and speaking for Refreshing the Thirsty.
Above the group, the Madonna stands with the child and two angels, validating the act of charity of these people. The scene is set on an alley of a regular street, engulfed by shadows and dark colors, from where the characters stand out, with brightened colors and tones. There are other sources of light on the painting: the Madonna, the child, and the angels. They are represented all in faded colors and earthy tones, but their faces and wings are vivid and bright, standing out from the shady background. Some parts of the painting are brighter and are painted on a more vibrant palette, creating a separation between the holy and the human. The whole palette is warm, and the characters divide the space on the foreground, except for the two men that are wrapping the corpse behind the corner of the alley. Yet, they seem close to the viewer, which is an important characteristic of Caravaggio’s layouts.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Seven Works of Mercy, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Seven Works of Mercy that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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