Mme Récamier’s feet – thanks to Bags of Love

25 June 2011

As you can imagine, I absolutely love to surround myself with art so when I was contacted by the lovely Nina of Bags of Love with an offer to transform a picture of my choice into a canvas print, I was a bit excited! I must admit that I had previously always associated Bags of Love with family portraits so I was keen to try something a bit different to see how one of my art history photographs worked when blown up and transformed into a canvas print.

I really deliberated over which photograph to choose before settling on this close up shot that I took of Madame Récamier’s feet in her gorgeous portrait by Gérard, which hangs in the Musée Carnavalet in Paris. ‘Is that the whole painting?’ my husband asked rather dubiously when I proudly showed him my choice. ‘Um, yes,’ I responded, feeling a little bit like a caught out foot fetishist. The thing is that I absolutely adore the little details of portraits and thought this was  particularly gorgeous with the soft saffron cashmere of her robe, the gentle draping of her muslin skirts and the elaborate gold tassel on her mauve silk cushion.

I wasn’t advised of a time scale when I gleefully emailed my picture to Nina, but was nonetheless amazed when the finished product arrived at our house 24 hours later. My husband still thinks I’m a bit weird but I think it is heavenly – what do you think? I love the way that they have accurately captured the glowing colours and the tactile softness of the fabrics. It’s currently taking pride of place in our new sitting room and I think it looks pretty amazing – a bit unusual but elegant.

I’m so enamoured that I’m thinking of ordering a matching print of Empress Joséphine’s feet too. In fact, I may not stop there and might order a whole array of Parisienne feet to decorate my home!

I’m extremely impressed both by the workmanship and also the speed with which Bags of Love got my picture to me. They don’t just do canvas prints either – they also offer photo books, a personalised diary, pillows and all sorts of excitement, which would be perfect for both wedding gifts and anniversary gifts. I’ve definitely bookmarked their site now for future present occasions as clearly there is scope there to create some really original pieces of art that people will love.

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