Do As the Romans Do!

Tweet Buongiorno, Gallery Direct! I have had a week full of excitement and discovery, and it’s only about to get better. Tomorrow, I leave bright and early for a six-day excursion to Venice and Florence, two of the most beautiful … Read More

Buongiorno, Gallery Direct! I have had a week full of excitement and discovery, and it's only about to get better. Tomorrow, I leave bright and early for a six-day excursion to Venice and Florence, two of the most beautiful cities on earth, and you can be sure that I will be sharing all the great details of my trip with you upon my return! However, that's for another time. Today I want to tell you about my trip to Rome, which I got to enjoy on Monday (which happened to be my birthday - not a terrible way to spend the day!). It was astonishing to spend time in a city so soaked in history that dates back thousands and thousands of years. I fulfilled a lifelong dream of seeing the Ancient Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and so much more!  
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[caption id="attachment_4104" align="aligncenter" width="528"] The Colosseum in Rome[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4101" align="aligncenter" width="528"] The Forum in Rome[/caption] Seeing the Forum after reading about it for so long was a truly exceptional experience. It stunned me to actually encounter these ancient ruins and artifacts that I have studied for years and years. I felt the same way about seeing some of the sculptures in the Capitoline Museum (now one of my favorite museums in the world), which houses some of the most important objects from antiquity that have been discovered. [caption id="attachment_4103" align="aligncenter" width="528"] The Capitoline Venus[/caption] Seeing all of these cultural heritage sites and art objects got me thinking about how much classical antiquity has shaped the Western world, particularly in the art historical sense. The Renaissance and nineteenth-century neoclassicism were directly inspired by classical themes and subjects, and could not have happened without the incredible influence of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. In fact, two of my favorite exclusive Gallery Direct prints are directly inspired by the classics: Sean Jacob's Classical Vision I and Classical Vision II. [caption id="attachment_4099" align="aligncenter" width="528"] Sean Jacobs' Classical Vision I[/caption] I love these prints. They remind me of how even though the Roman civilization disappeared thousands of years ago, we are still connected to them in the modern day. My visit to Rome certainly proved that. What about you? Do you feel connected to classical antiquity?

Art Crime Team

Tweet Are there any of you out there that love a good art theft movie like I do? I guess because of my background in art and my job, I always enjoy a great art theft movie like the Thomas … Read More

Are there any of you out there that love a good art theft movie like I do? I guess because of my background in art and my job, I always enjoy a great art theft movie like the Thomas Crown Affair... A wealthy, bored financier orchestrates an elaborate heist to steal a Monet painting valued at 100 million to cure his boredom. Incognito is another art theft movie... It's about a talented art forger who paints a fake Rembrandt that was lost supposedly off the coast of Spain over 350 years ago. Actually, art and cultural property crime is a looming criminal enterprise that has a 6 billion estimated losses annually. Our FBI actually has a special art crime team that's purpose is to recover these precious pieces. One of the top 10 art thefts on the FBI list was the Van Gogh Museum Robbery, a museum I visited in Amsterdam in 2000! I couldn't believe it! "In December 2002, two thieves used a ladder to climb to the roof and break in to the Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In just a few minutes the thieves stole two paintings: Van Gogh’s View of the Sea at Scheveningen and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, valued at $30 million. Dutch police convicted two men in December 2003, but did not recover the paintings." Stealing art is like stealing history. All these wealthy art owners own a piece of history, wouldn't we all love to. :) Well if you've browsed around Gallery Direct's Classic Art section you would find out that you could own a very affordable Giclée of a piece of history! So go ahead, stream a great art theft movie tonight and while you're watching that browse our art and order yourself a classic art piece!
We are loving these reviews.  We've recently launched this ratings and reviews function, and here’s one that we’d like to call out. Overall Rating: 5 stars Quality: 5 stars Value: 5 stars Ease of Installation: 5 stars True to Color: 5 stars Would you recommend this to a friend?: Absolutely Review Title: I couldn't be happier
I bought Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' on the aluminum background. My house is decorated in a contemporary style, but I've always loved this painting. So, I chose the aluminum background because it was clean lined and stylish, but does in no way insult the painting itself. It actually is a very nice clash between two styles that works very well. It's absolutely gorgeous. I have and would recommend this style and company to anyone. The quality is great.
We enjoyed reading this one: an art lover using Gallery Direct to its full potential. She created something unique, taking an old master, perhaps Van Gogh’s most famous, which we have impeccably curated and optimized, and she customized it on aluminum to suit the needs of her home’s interior. There are features only Gallery Direct offers to art lovers.  In business terms, you’d call these “key differentiators” or the value you offer your customers based on how you differ from your competitors. Most of the images we sell are exclusive to Gallery Direct, this is the artwork we sell as limited editions. An artist signs a limited edition agreement [with us] and receives a royalty each time we sell one of their images.  In contrast, Van Gogh’s work “Starry Night” is part of the public domain; therefore represents an image that many sources around the world and online sell.  But if you want this recreated on aluminum, birchwood, mirror, or acrylic, in addition to traditional framed paper and stretched canvas, we’re the guys to call on. We’re also the guys that won’t break your bank for this level of customization. Our mantra from day one is: “Fine Art For Everyone.” This message is plastered all over our facility and we smile big when we read the end of this review, “I have and will recommend this style and company to anyone. The quality is great.” Thank you! We couldn’t help but notice a new competitor tweaked our mantra to be theirs: “It’s Art For Everyone.” Thanks for the compliment. In eleven years, we’ve had our exclusive images knocked off, we’ve had our messaging/branding copied, and we’ve learned to take it with a grain of salt.  In the case of this new competitor, after looking around the site for a while, we couldn’t help but notice their “key differentiator” is exorbitant cost.  Might want to re-think that slogan guys. Watch our Fine Art on Aluminum Video