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some books that inspire us

The Gilded edge

Nothing enhances the appeal of a beautiful painting like the perfect frame. Indeed, framing is an art form in its own right, and The Gilded Edge is the first book to offer a comprehensive visual survey of the beautiful antique frames made in America over the last two centuries. Comprising diverse essays by art world luminaries, museum curators, private collectors, and independent scholars, this richly illustrated volume covers topics ranging from frame history and fabrication to the art of perfectly matching frame to artwork. Unlike most art books that depict paintings without their frames, The Gilded Edge presents a plethora of photographs that showcase frames in relation to the paintings they border—and as works of art themselves. An accessible reference for collectors and admirers alike, this is an invaluable guide to the art of making beautiful things even more so.


Looking at European Frames

Works of art in their own right, frames play an essential and often overlooked role in complementing the artworks they support.  The craft and history of European frames is a fascinating subject and this volume provides a rich and informative guide to the frame maker’s art from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century.

This handy reference tool features over two hundred entries—arranged alphabetically from abacus to whiting—that concisely explain the techniques, materials, and styles involved in the making of frames.  The introduction gives an overview of the history of frame styles and explains how frames are chosen by artists and museums for specific artworks.  Lavishly illustrated with objects from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, this handbook will be invaluable not only to professionals and collectors but also to all those wishing to increase their understanding and enjoyment of frames.


A Closer Look: Frames

Frames often catch the eye and arouse the curiosity of visitors to galleries and museums, yet labels and catalogues rarely comment on them. Nicholas Penny conveys his interest in the history of frames, the design and techniques of frame-making, what frames do for paintings, and the part they play in the decoration and often the architecture of an interior. The emphasis is on the changing function and varied purpose of frames as well as the different styles of ornament, materials, finishes, and techniques used. This Closer Look guide is illustrated by frames from the National Gallery's magnificent collection.

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