The artist will add 3 inches (7.5 cm) of extra paint “bleed” to every 4 sides of the canvas. There will still be 1.5 inches (4 cm) of white canvas around all 4 sides of the canvas.
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Currently, the frames listed will be only ship up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached, the framing option is automatically disabled.
However, if you are interested in stretching or framing a painting larger than 20x24 inches (50x60 cm), please contact one of our customer success associates or let us know in your order notes. We will send you a catalog of our large framing styles and pricing options.
Unframed rolled canvas orders will arrive rolled inside a protective tube with an extra 1.5" white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it locally.
Goddess Saraswathi is a beautiful oil painting by Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma. Saraswati is one of the foremost deities of the Hindu pantheon and part of the Tridevi or "trinity" with Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity, beauty, fortune, and joy; and Parvati, goddess of fertility, marriage, and devotion. Saraswati, in turn, represents learning, art, and music.
Goddess Saraswathi's earliest known mention dates back to over 3000 years ago in the Rigveda, one of the four sacred Vedas, the canonical texts of Hinduism. In the initial texts, Sarawasthi refers to the deified Sarasvati River in Northwestern India. Later, it was used to describe a personified being: "the best of mothers, best of rivers, best of goddesses."
Raja Ravi Varma presents the viewer with a tranquil yet powerful artwork that encapsulates many of the goddesses' traits and symbolism. Saraswati is represented with four arms and holds some objects. With her lower-left hand, Sarawasthi holds a book that symbolizes all forms of knowledge, but also the Vedas, meaning the universal truth. In her upper-right hand, she grasps a beautiful white crystal Japamala or mala, representing inner reflection and meditation. The mala is a beaded prayer string used to practice meditation, and it can be associated with other forms of praying beads, such as the Catholic rosary.
With her lower-left and upper-right hands, the deity plays the veena or Saraswati vina, an ancient Indian plucked string instrument. The instrument symbolizes the goddess' character as the mother of the creative arts and music, as well as the ability to find harmony in the cacophony of chaos. The river, which flows in the background, is seen as a cleansing element and may refer to her origins as a river goddess. By her feet, in the lower-left corner of the composition, is a peacock known as Citramekhala, painted with hues of green, dark blue, and white. Its wings shimmer with a golden hue similar to Sarawasthi's garments. The peacock is considered a sacred bird in Hindu mythology, and its image is associated with many other Hindu deities.
In the painting, one can notice some compositional elements Varma used to guide the viewer's attention. Much of the elements circling Saraswati were painted with an overall muted palette and loose, smudgy brushstrokes. However, the goddess was rendered with fine precision, displaying tones of luxurious reds, pure whites, and glimmering golden yellows in her garments, jewels, and headpiece, elevating and empowering her presence in the painting.
Perhaps the most striking feature of Varma's painting is Saraswati's semblance. Her face is serene yet powerful, imbued with a strong presence while she looks directly at the viewer as if gazing into one's very soul.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Goddess Saraswathi, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Goddess Saraswathi 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.
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Get hand painted museum quality reproduction of "Goddess Saraswathi" by Raja Ravi Varma. The Reproduction will be hand painted by one of our talented artist. "Goddess Saraswathi" by Raja Ravi Varma Reproduction will come with Free Certificate of Authenticity that verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased.
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Our most senior artists, those who have at least 25 years experience, carefully examine each and every painting that comes out of our studio. No order is shipped before it meets our standards, which are the highest in the industry.
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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.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive within 4-5 days from the shipping date. Due to shipping restraints, many of our framed, stretched, and oversize paintings may take 6-21 days for arrival depending on the safest route determined by the postal service.