Andromeda 1869: Canvas Replica Painting: Small
By artist Edward Poynter (1836-1919), in the Tate Gallery, London
In rich colors and contrasting light and shadow, Poynter tells the tale of Andromeda, chained to a rock as sacrifice to a sea monster, only to be rescued by the hero Perseus who falls in love with her evident beauty. While frowning on nudity in art, Victorian patrons allowed artists wide breadth to paint the female figure without condemnation of impropriety because the mythological Greek tales were so beloved. Poynter exhibited to acclaim at the Royal Academy. The authentic stretched canvas replica painting captures the original work's texture, depth of color, and even its subtle brushstrokes, which are applied by hand exclusively for Design Toscano. The imported, delicately carved hardwood frame boasts a delicate leaf motif with fine feathered detailing finished in antique gold tones.
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Small: 13.5"Wx16.5"H framed (6"Wx9"H image size, 4"W frame)
Medium: 22"Wx28.5"H framed (14.5"Wx21"H image size, 4"W frame)
Large: 30.5"Wx40.5"H framed (23"Wx33"H image size, 4"W frame)
Grande: 36"Wx48.5"H framed (28.5"Wx41"H image size, 4"W frame)
   Sir Edward John Poynter (1836-1919)

Edward Poynter was born in Paris, the son of an architect, and after being educated at Westminster and Ipswich Grammar School, he went to Rome, where he met Leighton. Having decided to take up art as a career, as a direct result of meeting Leighton, he studied in Paris under Gleyre, who had been a penniless artist before he opened an atelier, when he rapidly became a famous teacher. In 1859 Poynter returned to London, and for the next few years struggled to make a living from his painting with indifferent results. He desperately needed the RA to take one of his pictures in order to establish his name. Eventually Faithful until Death was accepted by the RA in 1865. This picture, which shows a Roman soldier doggedly remaining at his post during the destruction of Pompeii, was a great success, and still remains Poynter's most famous work. This was followed by The Catapault and Atlanta's Race. Among his famous paintings are The Fortune Teller and The Meeting between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

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