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Painted in 1512, this self-portrait was drafted in red chalk, and it was produced when Leonardo Da Vinci was around 50 years old living in France. It is currently located in Turin, in the Biblioteca Reale.
This vanishing piece became a famous stereotype of the Renaissance man, and one of the most iconic images of Leonardo Da Vinci. Because Da Vinci looks older than he would have been when he produced the portrait, some researchers question the real identity of the man on the drawing. It could be not a self-portrait, but a portrait of someone else.
Another reason to raise doubts about the real identity of the man on the illustration is the fact that the long hair and beard was a common way of portraying philosophers, prophets or even God himself. Leonardo Da Vinci could be painting God, or, as some studies suggest, he would be producing a self-portrait where he would be comparing himself to a divine figure.
Because of the chosen media (chalk), the portrait is fragile and fading, and a lot of research is currently being developed in efforts to save the piece. The original is currently accommodated in a special room inside the Royal Library, on a secured underground with reinforced doors, where no natural light can get in, and the temperature is kept at 20 degrees.
The drawing depicts a head staring the viewer, pictured on the common for the Renaissance period three-quarter view. The long hair and wavy beard frame the face of the old man. The waves on the hair and beard are very flowy but at the same time follow an organized almost geometrical pattern. As we move to the center of the figure, it’s possible to observe more details and also more contrast. The left part of the old man’s face has deep dark wrinkles and creases while to the right of the face; the whole figure lightens up while contrast fades and merges with the hair and the background paper.
The deep eyes and intense gaze are a powerful detail of the drawing. The heavy eyebrows shade shape the eyes giving the figure an atmosphere of dignity.
There is a myth that says that the gaze in this painting is so intense and powerful that those who stare into his eyes are granted with exceptional strength.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Self Portrait, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Self Portrait 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 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.
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