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Reproduction Oil Paintings

Updated on February 7, 2013

When you think of reproduction paintings in general, you think of the old masters that have been faithfully copied onto a cheaper medium for sale in bulk so that many people are able to appreciate the fine art work of the great artists past and present.

These great works of fine art are then brought into ordinary people's homes to enjoy and appreciate where they would otherwise not be able to unless they either came into a large sum of money or they went out and visited a famous art gallery. The first of those options only ever happens to a handful of people, so the second option of visiting an art gallery or museum is the only way most people get to view great paintings and works of art.

So getting back to reproduction oil paintings, this process is actually a simple one, especially with the power of home computer printers and the affordability of these nowadays. The traditional way of reproducing old masters was of course to use photography and then creating silk screen prints from the images. When done in bulk, the costs are kept down making the prints easily affordable by most people that want to have a copy of their favourite painting hanging in their homes.

Hanging a Reproduction Oil Painting

When it comes to hanging a reproduction oil painting in your home once you have made your purchase, the usual way is to place the print into a wooden or glass frame in order to hang it on a wall inside your home or otherwise display it. There are a couple of ways of doing this.

The first is to go to a art shop or craftsman who can make picture frames to order. That way you get to choose the colour and design of your frame and can have one made that is highly personal and good looking. This is also the more expensive option, but for the extra price its worth it to have something that will show your reproduction oil painting print off to its best.

By the way, the picture is Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna of the Yar

The second option is to go shopping to a DIY outlet, art store or anywhere that sells ready-made picture frames and buy a mass produced and much cheaper frame. Make sure you have the dimensions of your print before you buy, because you don't want to end up with a frame that is too small for the print.

To put a reproduction oil painting into a ready made frame that you bought yourself is not too difficult as the back is easily removed, whereupon you simply place the print dead centre and replace the back, securing it with the lugs provided.

Siting a Reproduction Oil Painting

When deciding upon a site for your reproduction oil painting, it really is a matter of personal choice. You should near a few points in mind when making your final choice of site.

It should be on a wall that is not going to be bathed in bright sunlight, as this can fade the colours and otherwise damage the picture.

It should be high enough on a wall so that you can view it easily. At head height or a little higher is perfect for this.

Make sure you use strong picture wire to hang the painting and a strong picture hook or screw in the wall so that is is not going to be easily knocked off its mounting.

Other than that, you should choose a place where you will get maximum benefit and enjoyment from the reproduction oil painting in a place that you will see it often and also a place that is easily accessible and not liable to be blocked by tall furniture.

Enjoy your reproduction oil painting!


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  • Janice White profile image

    Janice White 7 years ago from England

    Thanks nikki

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    nikki1 7 years ago

    nice hub/artwork :D