So why frame something, anyway?
The concept of the picture frame can be described as the medium through which fine arts are merged with architecture and the decorative arts, and it must fulfil some or all of the following functions (not in any particular order!)
1) protection of the picture
2) enable attachment to the wall
3) enhance subject and colour scheme
4) define the pictureís perimeter
5) focus the spectatorís attention on the subject
6) provide an area of transition between the real world & that of the picture
7) create harmony with the surrounding interior decoration
8) isolate the picture from a distracting background
9) it must exist as a pleasing ornamental object in its own right!
Frames, often themselves works of art, have been designed by artists, architects and ornamentalists, and have been executed by highly skilled wood-carvers, gilders and craftsmen through the centuries. Historically picture and frame are mutually dependent, the one incomplete without the other. The two parts were generally conceived as a single stylistic entity, like the architectural mouldings surrounding frescoes or inset pictures, or a tapestry with its interwoven border, a fusion which was commonplace in the Renaissance, when paintings and relief sculptures were integrated with architectural frames of wood or marble.
Many paintings from earlier times, however, have been separated from their original frames and for a number of reasons. They are easier to move without their frames; they were reframed by new owners as a signal of ownership - according to different tastes, to suit prevailing styles of interior decoration, or be reframed in a standard house or gallery frame.
Into the twenty first century the variety of types of artwork has continued to increase, the diversity of style in interior design has continued to widen, and hence of course the range of picture frames available has expanded exponentially.
For further information about frames available from glebepictureframes, you are welcome to visit the websites of our preferred suppliers - see our Books and Links page for their details...