Fine Art Reproductions Canvas

With so many fine art reproductions available, especially when it comes to the well-known pieces of art, it is a hard job to choose a fine art reproductions canvas without knowing a little about the reproduction process or printing technique used in the various reproductions offered.
That counts also for The Girl Pearl Earring painting by Vermeer.

Look at these reproductions of what is maybe the most famous painting of all times, The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer – you see the differences in colour and more importantly the expression on the face.


And now look at the original work, painted by Johannes Vermeer around 1665 – 1667.
It is in the collection of The Mauritshuis in The Hague here in The Netherlands.

The Girl with a Pearl Earring

Now after having seen the original on the museum’s website, you would probably choose a reproduction that comes at least closer to the original in atmosphere, colour and expression like the one below (face detail only)

You can find a good comparison of available reproductions on canvas of The Girl with a Pearl Earring on this page.


The question is how to find the best quality Dutch Master painting on canvas in the price range you are looking.

To hang on your wall at home or in your office, or as a gift to your business relation or your children when setting up their very first home.

For us to be able to help you with your final choice we compare the various canvases offered by looking at the original painting.  Here, around the corner in the Netherlands.

Naturally, not every painting by a Dutch master is on display in the Netherlands, but we can still look at other works by the same artist and sometimes contemporaries to get an overall idea of style, colour, and technique.
And compare the details with the canvases available.

This article gives you a basic outline of the various types of materials and techniques used in art reproduction.
Now look at these reproductions of Van Gogh’s Starry night – you see the differences in colour, right?

Which one comes closest to the original Sterrennacht, painted by Vincent van Gogh in Saint Rémy in June 1889?

Have a close look at the original painting in the collection of the Museum Of Modern Art in New York!


Hand-painted reproduction canvases, especially of well-known paintings, have their own market value and can be considered investments on their own.
That counts less for printed canvases, although there seems to be a collectors market for those too.

This could mean that your investment in building your own art collection could turn into a profit with time. Certainly, high-quality canvases do add value to the whole collection.

And should you have any doubt whether reproductions of paintings should be subject to valuation at all, keep in mind that for instance Vermeer himself, like his father Reijnier, was also looking into ways of making money by trading works of art, some of which were reproductions and works of mass production.
In this light, you could say this genuine way of investing and trading brings us even closer to the artist’ s era.


2 thoughts on “Fine Art Reproductions Canvas

  1. Linda

    Hi Jan,
    I really enjoyed your discussion of fine art reproductions. The differences you’ve pointed out in coloring, expressions, and technique are quite interesting. I’ve always thought of reproductions rather narrowly as a means for the masses to enjoy a masterful and powerful painting in their homes rather than being limited to viewing them in a museum. I had never considered that reproductions may have investment value on their own. But I can see where an artist that paints a particularly good reproduction may develop their own following. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and insights!

    1. Jan Willem Post author

      Hi Linda, thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate that you enjoyed the content on It can be surprising how the quality of various fine art reproductions can differ, even if there is an aspect of mass production involved. Looking back further in time, we know that the Romans already turned to mass reproduction of paintings and statues of their emperors for example, which were sold and placed throughout the empire. Today there is so much choice in reproduction technique and quality and we can order the reproduction we like from all over the world. It is worth however to invest some time and research before ordering a reproduction, as it likely will remain on the living room wall for a considerable period of time. Thank you for your valuable reaction!


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