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Dolce far Niente is one of John William Godward’s quintessential pieces and probably one of the most exquisite Neo-classical paintings of all time. John William Godward was incredibly consistent in his style and subject matter. Dolce far Niente represents more than a crucial Neo-classical piece; it also translates the artist’s body of work significantly.
The horizontal painting shows a model lying down in the middle of a quaint courtyard. The whole palette is sweet and warm, and there is a strong resemblance of numbness and comfort in this painting. The lighting on the scene reminds us of an end of the afternoon sort of environment.
The model is looking towards the viewer, sweet and calm while lying in a comfortable position. She is lying down over some black and white wooly voluminous pelts. These furs are placed on the floor around the model, forming some cozy nest.
In front of her, there is a beautiful fan ornamented with peacock feathers. The white-skinned girl has a pitch-black hair pulled back. Still, it’s possible to see the shiny waves on it. Her eyes are equally dark. She has fair skin with rosy cheeks, and a very subtle make-up adorns the delicacy of her face.
The girl is wearing a delicate dress made of two layers of fabric. One large peach rose fabric covers her entire body, from the short sleeves to the tip of her foot. This fabric is all draped and wrinkled as if it was fragile and delicate. Around her chest, it’s possible to see some straps that hold the dress in place.
Over her waist, there is a darker and thicker fabric. We can see this style in other paintings, referring to classical couture. From the tip of her dress, her delicate feet come out, showing a leather sandal.
The courtyard has a round pond with some white flowers in it. Broad leaves and white flowers cover the mirrored effect on the water. Behind the lake, there is a heavily ornamented font made of some stone or marble.
There is vegetation all around the scene, composing a cozy and warm environment. Not only the painting is horizontal, but the display of the objects and the model are elegantly placed over the floor, communicating comfort and amenity.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Dolce far niente (Sweet Nothings), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Dolce far niente (Sweet Nothings) 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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