Another Contest for D-I-Y Framing
“A good picture deserves a good frame and a bad picture may sometimes preserve its place longer by having a handsome frame.” ~ Charles Willson Peal c. 1807
So I was reading about the history of picture frames. They’ve been a part of Western art since early Roman times. Hmmm…is this an excuse to revisit Italy photos? Why, yes, I believe it is!
In the Medieval period, the 11th and 12th centuries, the frame was painted as part of the picture, like these frescoes in Villa d’Este.
The first wooden frames appeared during the 13th century. They were used in churches and were built by craftsmen who built screens, pulpits, and choir stalls.
Many of the wood frames during this period were arched triptychs. We saw these triptychs, but apparently only in No Photos zones.
Another popular 13th-century style was tabernacle frames, which incorporated pilasters and half columns. These, I believe, are tabernacle frames.
During the Renaissance, frame making passed from the artists themselves to furniture and cabinet makers, and the a new craft evolved, which spread throughout Europe. But I don’t have pictures of that, so I’m ending the story here. Interesting subject, though. And oh so fun to realize that I’ve seen some of the early Western frames.
The D-I-Y Framing Class
Just like the great artists of Italy, we’ll be making our own frames for our embroidery in February! (How’s that for a segue?)
We’re holding another contest to give away a spot in that class. Follow instructions in the box below to earn as many as three entries in the contest.
Mark. Set. Go!
Update: Your first entry asks you to answer a question, and then you click “Enter.” You’re supposed to type your answer in the comments; the box takes your word for it that you did, indeed, answer the question. I realize that wasn’t made clear at all! I’m learning…
If you clicked “Enter,” you’re entered, but from here on out, please type your answer to the question in the comments. Thanks!