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This enduring canvas titled Man in a Golden Helmet and dated 1650, is a particularly captivating and meditative rendering of a time-worn face beneath a majestic, almost juxtaposing, helmet. The contrast illuminates the painting with a profoundly moving sense of time having passed, at once both sentimental and sentient. Admired by the Impressionists and portrait artists throughout the centuries, this remarkable achievement was most likely an imaged reproduction rather than painted from life. As it was never commissioned the canvas exists more as a proposition, perhaps evoking a sentimental by-gone age for its original audience, it sat for a long time as a significant member of Rembrandt's oeuvre. Following the painter's characteristic manner of altering the appearance and presence of his subjects through the juxtaposition of surprising elements of costume, it is not surprising that Man in a Golden Helmet was so long regarded as a seminal manifestation of the artist's spiritual and material themes.
Recently, however, the attribution of the painting to Rembrandt has been questioned. There is no doubt that the canvas was painted in 1650, and there are no voices raised calling it a fake or a forgery. The simple fact is that this emblematic painting of which a reproduction hung on many walls, was most likely painted by one of the Dutch master's pupils. In 1985 extensive tests revealed it to be the work on an unknown hand, thus lowering its theoretical value. Yet for many who grew up with Man in a Golden Helmet adorning their living room or in their father's study, the painting will always retain the power and contemplative tonality of a masterwork — regardless of the painter. As a work both somber and grave, this authorless canvas resonates with a harmony and wisdom that has captivated both artists and the public for centuries.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Man in a Golden Helmet c. 1650, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Man in a Golden Helmet c. 1650 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. 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.