Light of the World


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These top-quality Fine Art Prints are printed on 100 percent acid free cotton archival Fine Art Paper: fine art velvet or ultrasmooth, depending on paper size. Ultrachrome inks enhance the archival properties of the media ensuring a print life of many generations.

The prints are reproduced as accurately as possible based on the original paintings. The images are not distorted in any way to make them fit standard print sizes. The images are enlarged or reduced proportionally to fit as close to the standard size as possible. This means the images are not cropped and each print will have every detail of the original painting. Consequently most prints will have a white border which can be covered with matte board prior to framing.

All orders are custom printed and shipped flat in boxes for domestic orders. Our largest prints and International orders are shipped on rolls due to shipping size restrictions. 

A very important note: Each print is custom made to order and is therefore non-returnable. In the unlikely event that the print has a production defect, it will be replaced with the same size reproduction of the same exact piece of artwork. There are no exceptions to this policy.

About this beautiful image –

The Light of the World was inspired by a quote from the Bible's Book of Revelations: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."  The painting, often described as Hunt's greatest achievement, is filled with symbolism: the seven-sided lantern is indicative of the seven churches mentioned in Revelation; the lack of an outside handle on the door shows that it can only be opened from within; the weeds growing against the door indicate that it has not been opened for some time; the fallen apples represent the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden.

After the exploration of the properties of painting solely in natural sunlight in Our English Coasts (1852); Hunt's desire to experiment with varied effects of natural light led him to paint this at night, or in a specially blackened studio, allowing him to experiment with the light afforded by only the moon and candles.  For months he labored with the picture, gaining himself a reputation as a madman with the local people who only saw him at night.  When it was finished, the painting was lauded far and wide – it was seen in America, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia as well as Britain.

Hawksley, Lucinda. Essential Pre-Raphaelites, Paragon Publishing, 2002, pg. 50.

Keble College, Oxford, England