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La belle Ferroniere, painted around 1490, has long been the subject of controversy over whether it should be attributed to Leonard Da Vinci himself or to one of his pupils or apprentice. Yet whether it was painted by the master himself or under his tutelage it remains a monumental work of high-Renaissance painting — refined, impeccably balanced, and rich in personality. The idiosyncratic hint of movement that follows between the woman's head, shoulders, and eyes, ensures that the work must have emerged through Da Vinci's influence, yet the difficulty in establishing the identity of the subject means it is not possible to declare with conviction that it is of Da Vinci's hand. It is possible that the painting is a reproduction of the likeness of Cecilia Gallerani, the favourite mistress of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan and the subject of Leonardo Da Vinci's earlier 1489 painting Lady with an Ermine. The direct gaze of the unknown woman suggests a deep relationship between the subject and the audience, adding a deep and rich personality, and indeed a vulnerability, to the sitter.
Currently housed at the Musée du Louvre, La belle Ferroniere is also simply known as Portrait of an Unknown Woman. The title of the painting, first given at least a century after Da Vinci's death, identifies the sitter as the wife or daughter of an ironmonger. Da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine, has also been known by this name. Still shrouded in mystery, La belle Ferroniere was recently the centrepiece of the National Gallery's groundbreaking 'Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan' exhibition. Yet whether the painting was a combined effort, or the work of an apprentice working to Da Vinci's direction, La belle Ferroniere is a majestic and monumental reproduction of a female sitter, and a symbol of the emerging ideas of the Renaissance.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of La belle Ferroniere c. 1490, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of La belle Ferroniere c. 1490 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 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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