Optional - receive your painting ready to hang. Note we are only able to ship framed paintings up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached, the framing option is automatically disabled. If ordered without a frame the painting will arrive rolled inside a protective tube with an extra 1.5" white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
Raphael's The Madonna Of The Chair, painted a short time before his death aged only 37, is a Madonna painting of the High Italian Renaissance. It is one of the centrepieces of the Palazzo Pitti collection in Florence and draws a wealth of devotional visitors, both religious and secular, who marvel at this elegant achievement of harmony, balance, and composition. The Madonna Of The Chair is a figurative reproduction of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Christ while a youthful John the Baptist looks on, and was painted in Raphael's Roman period, which saw the young artist move from Florence to Rome where he remained until his death. His Roman period was characterised by frantic creative output and regular commissions. At the personal request of the new Pope Julius II Raphael was asked to paint frescos for his own private library at the Vatican Palace. He joined a number of other artists who were working on adjoining rooms, most notably Michelangelo who was working on his commission to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling. His Roman Period also saw the artist move away from the linear approach to form that characterised his time in Florence. Raphael instead moved towards warmer, more familial rendering of his subjects — a style that would culminate in his masterful The Madonna Of The Chair.
Forming the trinity of great Renaissance masters, alongside Da Vinci and Michelangelo, Raphael is best known for his figurative reproductions of the Madonna and for his Vatican frescoes painted on commission for Pope Julius II. The Madonna Of The Chair unifies these two dominant pursuits of Raphael's later life. After falling out of critical favour after his death to his two stellar contemporaries, Raphael enjoyed a resurgence of popularly in the nineteenth century when his carefully balanced harmonies of light, color, and movement were seen as the highest Renaissance model. Always the hungry Philomath, Raphael is now rightly regarded as the embodiment of the Italian Renaissance ideal.
Real Oil Paints, Real Brushes, Real Artists, Real Art. The Certificate of Authenticity which arrives with every painting provides an assurance and verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased. Each oil painting is created by hand using only the finest canvas and oil paints available.
Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Madonna Of The Chair, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Madonna Of The Chair 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.
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.