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This large and beautiful oil painting was produced between the years 1614 and 1616. It measures 224,2 cm by 330,5cm and has a horizontal layout. The work tells the story of when Daniel was thrown in the lion’s den for believing in the Christian God instead of the Persian King Darius. Daniel spent the night locked in but was saved with the mercy of God. In the morning, the Persians open the pit to find Daniel not only alive but also thanking God for saving him.
In this piece, Peter Paul Rubens mixes a more realistic style with a highly dramatic aesthetics, creating a powerful narrative. Daniel is the focal point of the artwork and is placed three-fourths to the right of the composition. His white skin is brightened by the light that comes in through the den opening. Through this breach, it’s possible to peek at a bit of green vegetation and a desaturated blue sky.
The rest of the environment, painted in warm tones of yellow and brown, is a mass of shapes that mix the bodies of the lions with bones of previous victims and the rocks that constitute the natural architecture of the den. Daniel is sitting on a vivid piece of red cloth - probably the only colorful detail of the scene.
There are several lions around him. Some are roaring and facing the viewer, while others are resting and sleeping. They are all portrayed in a vivid and warm color palette. Their bodies, manes, and muscles are sharpened by strong and vigorous brushstrokes, adding drama and intensity to the animals. Behind them, one of the lions is roaring, showing the greatness of its teeth. He roars towards the opening of the den, possibly at the Persians who opened the cave but representing no danger to Daniel.
One of the most important details in this artwork is Daniel’s face. His facial expression is exaggerated, showing fear and horror, but at the same time adoration and devotion to the God that just saved him. His dark thick hair is pulled back, contrasting with his pale, muscular body. His hands are put together as he prays as there are bones and skull in front of his feet.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Daniel in the Lion's Den c. 1615, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Daniel in the Lion's Den c. 1615 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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