Optional - receive your painting ready to hang. Note we are only able to ship framed paintings up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached, the framing option is automatically disabled. If ordered without a frame the painting will arrive rolled inside a protective tube with an extra 1.5" white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
Jan Vermeer Van Delft, known to the world simply as Vermeer, was reportedly well known in his day as one of the most remarkable of the seventeenth century Dutch artists. Yet, after his death he driftedinto obscurity and only came to prominence almost three centuries later in the nineteenth century. Having only produced forty paintings, Vermeer’s works are filled with an enigmatic originality, balance and ambiguity that is surely heightened by the sparseness of detail surrounding his life and works. Now recognized as a master of the Dutch Golden Age, the startling presence of his body of work is arguably heightened by the fact that almost all of his works were painted in two small rooms in his house in Delft, featuring the same furniture, decorations, and sitters.
The Astronomer, painted around 1668, is one of his most-well known canvases, a figurative reproduction of a scientist surrounded by the tools of his craft. Vermeer had a keen eye for the magic of the everyday, filling his characters with a powerful sense of introspection and often depicting them as more interested in their own inner world than the objects that surround them. Using light to profound psychological effect, Vermeer’s The Astronomer forges a unique balance between the interior architecture of the space and the passing of a moment in time. Placed, like many of Vermeer’s characters, beside a window on the left, the astronomer appears to have been caught in a moment of revelation, perhaps the manifestation of his years of learning. Representing solitary lives as the sites of profound humility and loneliness, Vermeer’s figurative reproduction of the astronomer is a masterpiece in which the potential for enigmatic genius is depicted as a product of everyday toil.
Real Oil Paints, Real Brushes, Real Artists, Real Art. The Certificate of Authenticity which arrives with every painting provides an assurance and verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased. Each oil painting is created by hand using only the finest canvas and oil paints available.
Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Astronomer c. 1668, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Astronomer c. 1668 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.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
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.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive withing 4-5 days from the shipping date.