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The oil on canvas Christ Healing by the Well of Bethesda was created by the Danish artist Carl Heinrich Bloch, who became deeply associated with religious imagery in his home country. He received a commission at the beginning of his career of 23 pictures that narrated Christ's life. Those works, along with some of his historical paintings, became so popular in Denmark they became part of didactic books. Christ Healing by the Well of Bethesda is part of his series on Christ and shows the painter's skill in creating dramatic scenes through lighting.
Christ Healing by the Well of Bethesda is an oil painting. Its composition is a rather complex one, but through his stellar visual arrangement, Bloch can tell a clear narrative: The first figure that pulls the eye is the man looking at the viewer. He is sitting close to the picture's center, a little bit to the left, and both his expression and red headband are ways of pulling the audience's attention. Right next to him, in an area of pure darkness, we see a sick man lying against a pillar, and Christ seems to be healing him. In other sections of the picture, crowds of different characters are witnessing the action.
Bloch was very accomplished throughout his life, and he even received an invitation from Uffizi to hang his self-portrait. In 1849, the artist enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy. The institution was pivotal for the artist's development: he started exhibiting in events related to the Academy and won a grant that allowed him to complete his education abroad. He later became an official member of the institution, and he later was appointed as teacher and then Vice-Director there.
Bloch's work is deeply Academic: he deployed a smooth manner, aiming for a non-visible brushstroke, the detailing of anatomy, the dramatic use of lighting, and the skill to render different surfaces, such as accurately depicting fabric, metal, and other objects which are usually regarded as challenging for most painters. Like other painters from this period, his reference is the ideals of harmony and composition from the Renaissance, its subtle and realistic use of color, and, in his case Rembrandt, who he admired most deeply. He was surprised by the Old Master's work in his travels abroad and never ceased to hold him as an aesthetic ideal.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Christ Healing by the Well of Bethesda, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Christ Healing by the Well of Bethesda 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 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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