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A dramatic homecoming is a perfect recipe for poignancy. Rembrandt, the seminal humanist painter of the Dutch Golden Age, seized upon the most moving story of them all; one of the parables of Jesus. The son of a kind father runs away from home and squanders his entire fortune. Returning home a broken wreck, he intends to offer himself as a servant out of the bonds of kinship. Instead, he is warmly welcomed back into the fold by the father. In Rembrandt’s take on the scene, the viewer is shown in the foreground the servants who come running to bring shoes and clothes, while the eldest son, jealous of the treatment of his selfish brother, is visible lingering in the distance. The painter’s remarkable mastery of the play of light and shade, the often-sharp chiaroscuro contrasts, lead the viewer deep into the drama of this deeply personal family reconciliation. Painted sometime between 1661 and 1669, “Return of the Prodigal Son” is often assumed to be Rembrandt’s final painting before his death. This baroque drama of psychological intensity deeply attracted the contemplative artist, and he returned to the theme a number of times during his career. Told by Jesus to his disciples as an articulation of the merits of Christian mercy, Rembrandt’s interpretation is replete with a staggering sense of modernity. The expressionist brushwork, the off-center spacing of the action, and the gloomy light, all unify to place the protagonists at the cusp of an eternity of darkness. It is almost as if the sole gesture in their imagined lives has come to encapsulate their entire beings, and shields them from death and eternal obscurity.
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Every item is made-to-order and assembled in-house by our team, using only premium materials...cuz we're a little OCD about art.
All of our premium materials are sourced from the states, and then assembled at iCanvas, in Illinois. Lincoln would be proud.
All of our artwork comes gallery wrapped. The image is stretched around the sides and stapled to the back of the wooden frame. Your piece of art will be ready to hang, and will include an easy-to-use hanging kit.
A little “armor for your art” that won‘t obscure the canvas. Your canvas print is gallery wrapped and mounted to a 2" thick, elegant, black hard wood frame. The art is inset, leaving a 3/8" space between the art and frame, creating the illusion that your art is “floating.”
Draw their eyes into the art with a classic frame. Your canvas print will be gallery wrapped and then carefully encased with a contemporary black hard wood frame. Only available for select .75" thick sizes.
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The best quality canvas for texture and finish; premium inks for vivid color; hand-stretched over 100% North American pine frames.
Every item is made-to-order — printed, stretched, and stapled here, at iCanvas.