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The painting The Missal was completed by the artist John William Waterhouse and exhibited in 1902 at the Royal Academy in London, along with the work entitled The Crystal Ball. Both artworks have a similar environment, but with opposing elements – while one shows a religious and pure scene, the other dwells into the mystical and unknown magic. The artist would often portray the female figure in his paintings of Arthurian legends and mythological charecters.
As an artist of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, Waterhouse focused on subjects previous to the Renaissance – meaning before Raphael. The first members of the Brotherhood formed the group near the year Waterhouse was born, and he took their ideas into the next century, producing until 1916. He began his career studying art at the Royal Academy of Art in London but soon ruptured from the strict ideals of the academies, working with other approaches – like painting outdoors.
In The Missal, Waterhouse depicted a young girl in an indoor environment and with natural lighting. The girl is wearing a beautiful white gown that extends to her feet, and deep velvet red sleeves with golden embellishments. She has light skin and dark hair made into a single thick braid with a light ribbon. Her expression is peaceful as she reads the Bible and stands on her knees, facing the left of the composition and receiving a warm light from the open window in the background.
The floor is checkered black and white, giving a greater sense of perspective to the environment. To the left of the large book, there is a golden candle holder with a single candle, while on the ground a small stool can be seen with a green book resting on it. Behind the girl, there is a wooden table with an ornamented green tablecloth and a glass vase with water and a few pink tulips. Underneath the open stain-glass window there is a bench with a red velvet cushion bathed in sunlight. Out the window, there is a beautiful garden filled with fruit trees and architecture reminiscent of the ancient Greeks – with repeating arcs and columns. Waterhouse gave considerable attention to detail to create realistic surfaces and textures – like the different fabrics and the effects of light on glass and water.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Missal 1902, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Missal 1902 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.
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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.
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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,
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