This spring The National Gallery, London is hosting a radical new type of exhibition. Thirty frames are on display, but only two of them contain paintings. Celebrating the unsung hero of the Renaissance, Frames In Focus is part of a series of displays that highlights the picture frame as so much more than just a border.
National Gallery | Sansovino Frames
While altarpieces were traditionally framed throughout history, it was only in the 16th century that the frame of a painting began to receive creative attention and were designed as removable items. Sansovino Frames is a collection in the contemporary Venetian style, named after Italian sculptor and architect, Jacopo Sansovino, who became synonymous with this type of highly decorative, carved ornamentation.
The frames on display date from between 1560 and 1590 and are on loan from the V&A museum and other international collections. This unique exhibition explores a whole world within the history of art that you may never have thought about. Discover how the frame can shape our perception of a painting at this new National Gallery exhibition.
|What||Frames in Focus: Sansovino Frames, National Gallery|
Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN | MAP
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
01 Apr 15 – 13 Sep 15, Daily: 10am–6pm Friday: 10am–9pm
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