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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A History Of Art Showcasing

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A History Of Art Showcasing

Encasing art in a decorative enclosure has been a technique that has been used since ancient times. It really became popular during the middle ages; artwork was and still is used for status, community well-being and other purposes. Art serves the vital need in man to express himself. Mankind uses art objects to give his environment feeling, to bring that impossible quality to life, a quality that can’t be explained in words, but is always communicated through art.

Presentation Of Art

The presentation of art without picture framing certainly takes nothing away from the piece, but putting that artwork in a harmonious surrrounding adds something to the piece. Art that is enclosed causes our eyes to go directly to the work of art you are viewing, and If it has an eye-catching, attractve picture framing, the art will benefit from the added visual appeal of the enclosure. This has been known before the medieval days; art that is framed has an extra ambiance.

The Type Of Picture Framing

The artwork can’t be placed in just any enclosure; the frame has to accentuate the piece in a some way. Think about the art in the Vatican, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the framing is exquisite, the art has a lasting effect on us. Now, there are variables to consider when choosing what will best showcase the art. Below I have tabulated these.

You will have to choose between various shapes, these are: circular, triangular, square, non-geometric, and of course, the traditional rectangular designs. All of these shapes have individual qualities that will influence the art in quite real ways. The shape of the frame should be a thought out decision, carelessness in this area can ruin some, or all of the essence of the artwork.

Size is another consideration, the picture frame can be close to the size of the art or it can be much larger. You must choose the picture frame that affects you. Frame size will definitely affect the overall feel of the piece of artwork.

Next, color, you must select an appropriate color or colors. The color(s) do not necessarially have to be the color(s) in the artwork. This decision has to come from the depths of your being; the same process used to select the art must now be used to choose the color(s) of the picture framing. Once again, go with your feelings. Art is about feeling.

Design, the frame will usually have some type of pattern in it, be lines, carvings or molded forms. These can consist of all kinds of creativity, from the plain, to the very detailed. The frame can, in some cases, outshine the art that it encloses. This is not an infrequent occurance. Choose wisely.

Finally, frames are made from a variety of materials. You can have wood(the most common material), metal, porcelain, ceramic and a host of others. They all have a different effect to give. Wood for instance, with its sturdy, natural quality adds a very homely and strong feel to a work of art, as if the wood itself is sheltering the picture or image. Take your time to feel what the material of the frame is saying. This is the world of art.

Art is fascinating and can bring lots of upliftment in our lives. Choose artwork that has a connection with you. If you do this one thing; you can look forward to many years of satisfaction in the viewing of your artwork. There is insightful information above, read it often. I know you want picture framing that adds to your art, not take from it. So, go ahead, armed with your new insight, and get the frame that works.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting article.
We go back and forth on the subject of whether we should have framing on the online art we show at www.neilshawcollection.com

Always the same issues, does the framing add to or detract from the piece being shown. Not always a simple subject.