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Philosopher Reading is an artwork from 1631. At this point in life, Rembrandt had already painted some essential pieces and was recently moving to Amsterdam. The scene depicted in this painting is calm and gentle and shows a man reading a large book sitting on a table by a window. At this moment Rembrandt was painting loads of portraits and developing the style that marked him for the rest of history, but this scene has few of those elements. While most paintings of this period would portray people closed up into the frame, with a very simple or non-existent background and a significant focus on the eyes, this specific scene shows a man from a far distance. We can’t see the details of his face and eyes.
Another element that marked his paintings of this time is the high contrast between the subject matter and background. Most paintings have the character lightened while his surroundings fade into darkness. It’s not the case with this one. We can clearly see the philosopher’s surroundings and the architecture of the room he is sitting in. The room has an arched roof that frames the main part of the scene. The walls are in a warm tone of yellow. It’s possible to see that there is a large door behind the man, the door is also arched following the architectural style of the rest of the room. There are green curtains around the entrance of the door. A light that comes from the ground of the room behind him indicates that this is a store above ground and that stairs are leading downstairs, where the light source emerges.
At the entrance of the door, there is a statue. The window on the right-hand side is the brightest focal point of the scene and casts light on the rest of the room. It is also arched like the rest of the architecture. The philosopher is sitting on the table with his very long white beard. He looks to be bald, but he has a cap over his head. He is laying back in a very comfortable position and wears long heavy blue robes. There are large books on top of the round table and an ornamented orange tablecloth. The whole scene is portrayed in warm tones of ocher, yellow and orange, and the atmosphere has either a sunset or a sunrise impression.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Philosopher Reading, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Philosopher Reading 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.
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