The artist will add 3 inches (7.5 cm) of extra paint “bleed” to every 4 sides of the canvas. There will still be 1.5 inches (4 cm) of white canvas around all 4 sides of the canvas.
1st Art Gallery offers the option to receive your painting ready to hang or rolled in a tube.
Currently, the frames listed will be only ship up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached, the framing option is automatically disabled.
However, if you are interested in stretching or framing a painting larger than 24x36 inches (60x90 cm), please contact one of our customer success associates or let us know in your order notes. We will send you a catalog of our large framing styles and pricing options.
Unframed rolled canvas orders will arrive rolled inside a protective tube with an extra 1.5" white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it locally.
The Ancient of Days is an impressive design by the great Romanticist William Blake. The original artwork was published as the frontispiece of one of Blake's texts, Europe a Prophecy, published in 1794. William Blake was a singular artist. His work was often misunderstood during his time for its unique character, but it became a strong influence on Modern artists. Blake was a poet, engraver, draftsman, and painter. His artworks are characterized by the relation to mythical and religious texts and by his singular development of an identifiable imaginary, depicting fantastical humanoid beings with a unique color palette. The Ancient of Days is one of Blake's best-known pieces.
The work's title was based on one of God's names, according to the Book of Daniel. A considerable part of the Book is dedicated to apocalyptical visions. The character depicted here is known as Urizen, a figure from Blake's personal mythology. Urizen is the depiction of law and reason and how convention and order string and coordinate people's lives. In opposition to Urizen, there is Los, who is the depiction of Imagination, looking like a man with his body covered in flames and working as a blacksmith.
The designs of Blake's texts are the best example of his reach as an artist: composition, print, coloring, and selling were all done by Blake with the help of his wife in their home. This specific design was one of Blake's favorites, as reported by many of his scholars. The contemporaries of Blake, who often despised his work, were also full of praise for The Ancient of Days. It is also believed that the artwork was inspired by one of Blake's visions, which are a constitutive part of his art.
At the top center, an ancient man with very long white hair and a beard is kneeling. His eyes are closed, and he is naked. Behind him, there is a deep red circle, which seems to be a red moon, and yellow rays are coming out behind this red moon. Around him, there are heavy black and red clouds, which create an internal framing that emphasizes Urizen's figure. His arm is stretched forward, and he holds a long golden compass that stretches to both sides of the lower area. Done with a bright white and forming this triangle-shaped, it is contrasted against the deep black background.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Ancient of Days, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Ancient of Days 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.
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Get hand painted museum quality reproduction of "The Ancient of Days" by William Blake. The Reproduction will be hand painted by one of our talented artist. "The Ancient of Days" by William Blake Reproduction will come with Free Certificate of Authenticity that verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased.
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All our artists have at least 15 years of experience. We only hire qualified artists with advanced degrees in Fine Arts who have completed a dissertation in European or American art.
We only use the highest quality oil paint and finest available canvas. We insist on sourcing our materials from brands that have been in business for at least a century or more.
Our most senior artists, those who have at least 25 years experience, carefully examine each and every painting that comes out of our studio. No order is shipped before it meets our standards, which are the highest in the industry.
Some companies claim to be selling handmade paintings when in fact they use printing presses and screening methods to speed-up the reproduction process and lower costs. We've been selling genuine handmade online since 2003!
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.