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The French artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau painted the artwork entitled La Vierge Aux Anges, translated as The Virgin with Angels but more commonly known as Song of the Angels, in 1881. The painter was famous for his almost hyperrealist portrayals of religious scenes, as well as mythological characters and subjects. His most famous artworks depict beautiful women in various scenarios – from voluptuous nude Goddesses to Holy women from the Bible, as well as innocent young girls and even working peasant women. The academic painter was praised by the public and the critics for his realistic oil paintings – he was featured in the yearly exhibit of the Paris Salon, where thousands of people from around the world would gather to view his work.
With an Academic background, Bouguereau mastered the craft of fine oil painting by studying the works of Renaissance masters of the past, like Michelangelo and Raphael. These artists worked with structured compositions and had a desire to depict these mythological and Biblical stories and figures in the most realistic way they could – Bouguereau took these techniques and brought them to a new level of realism. The artist represented his own interpretation of these scenes and depicted them in a way that the viewer can almost enter the artwork and touch the figures. He perfectly portrays the three-dimensionality and textures of the environment – especially the soft skin of the models and the flowing fabrics.
Bouguereau was also inspired by the symbolism of the art created in the Medieval period, incorporating some of these elements into his work but his unique way. In La Vierge Aux Anges, the artist portrays a delicate scene in which three angels play instruments for baby Jesus to sleep soundly in his mother’s lap. With a beautiful and long royal blue robe, Virgin Mary sits on a decorated Grecian-style concrete block. She wears a deep red undergarment and a pure white cloth over her head and shoulders. Jesus lays in her lap with one leg crossed under the other and gently holding his own hands. Bouguereau possibly used the same model for all four female figures, only varying in position. The angels wear long white dresses, and each of them plays a different instrument. They stand in a forest, and the background is dark, highlighting, even more, the central figures.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of La Vierge Aux Anges, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of La Vierge Aux Anges 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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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.
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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