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The Apostle Paul is one of the many portraits that Rembrandt produced during the peak of his career as a painter when he established himself as the town artist in Amsterdam. At this moment, Rembrandt had come and gone from Leiden a few times and had studied the fundamentals of drawing and painting, especially history painting. This art piece displays a lot of the fascination Rembrandt had with Apostle Paul. Either because he was a personification of the Christian ideals of humility and modesty, or because his writings were taken as the fundamentals for the Reformation ideals, Rembrandt always showed great interest in his readings and represented him in painting more than once.
Often he was portrayed in prison, always surrounded by heavy books and writing material. In other representations, like in Apostle Paul in Prison, he looks older and worn-out. In this painting, he seems like a sober and dignified man. He is sitting on his desk, holding his head with his left hand, while on his right hand he is holding a pen. In front of him, there are large loose pages. The environment doesn’t seem decadent, and unlike the other representations, this one shows a man that would be somewhat comfortable even though he was in prison. Behind the desk, there is the sword. “Sword of the Spirit” was the term he used to describe the word of God in the Ephesians. The sword is always present in these representations and is a clear reference to that.
The light shines from the left side. The apostle wears red and green robes and a dark green yarmulke. The details on his face and grey hair and beard show him as an old, yet solemn man. The lightning on this scene is gentle and subtle, and the contrast is much more indirect than most of Rembrandt’s portraits. Even though, the piece has several of his classical elements. The figure is in the middle surrounded by a simple background that fades into darkness. We know by context that Apostle Paul is in Prison, but there aren’t enough elements to let us place him into a scape. The light shines solely into the main subject. The eyes are powerful and show magnitude. The whole painting is represented on a limited, very austere color palette.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Apostle Paul, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Apostle Paul 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.
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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.
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