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A terrible disappointment...
from New York, NY
Rembrandt's self-portrait from Kenwood House was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for several weeks this spring, so I took advantage of this opportunity to go study the original painting in detail. I won't go into the reasons why this portrait is simply extraordinary, both from a human and artistic point of view. Suffice it to say that I wanted a high-quality reproduction as inspiration in my home office. I ordered the most expensive treatment available: the 33in X 40in print on stretched canvas. It arrived soon enough, sooner than expected actually, but it was horribly disappointing. The reproduction is much darker than the original, so dark in fact, that it is almost impossible to identify forms and shapes in the bottom third of the painting. This darkness also affects the back wall, which in the original is off-white, an unusual aspect of this particular work among other portraits by Rembrandt. Finally, for some unexplained reason the reds are accentuated in this reproduction, which has an especially unfortunate effect on Rembrandt's face: he appears drunken, or perhaps sunburned... This is especially disappointing given the glowing description of the giclee print technology provided on the web page.Another disappointment is that the dimensions of the reproduction do not have the same aspect ratio as those of the original, and this problem was solved by trimming the original. So one does not have a reproduction of the entire original painting. While this is a somewhat more minor flaw than the color problem, it is still a disappointment. At the very least this is a feature that should be mentioned on the web page of AllPosters.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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