A History of European Picture Frames

A History of European Picture Frames

by Paul Mitchell, Lynn Roberts
     
 
There is enormous public and professional interest in picture frames but until publication of this long-awaited book there has been no comprehensive, scholarly survey documenting frame styles and their original context. This book is the culmination of over 20 years' work by Mitchell and Roberts, widely known frame historians and consultants. They have undertaken a

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There is enormous public and professional interest in picture frames but until publication of this long-awaited book there has been no comprehensive, scholarly survey documenting frame styles and their original context. This book is the culmination of over 20 years' work by Mitchell and Roberts, widely known frame historians and consultants. They have undertaken a unique photographic survey of frames in most major museums in Europe and North America, as well as in many historic houses and exhibitions. This analysis of frame styles and their interrelationships over eight centuries is organized by nationality and period with 56 carefully constructed diagrams in the form of framemakers' pattern books, interspersed with 38 plates of framed paintings. Components are drawn directly from photographs of 268 frames original or contemporary to their pictures.

The introduction includes: form and function of frames; framemakers and refraining; a stylistic overview and historiography. Following sections discuss frames by national school: Italy, France, Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium, Germany, Central Europe, Scandinavia, and Spain. A measure of this book's achievement is that hitherto there have been no frame studies specific to the latter four areas.

Originally commissioned for the 34-volume The Dictionary of Art, this pioneering work will be the standard and indispensable guide to frames for the museum curator, art historian, dealer, and private collector for many years to come.

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A scholarly survey documenting frame styles and their original context over the past eight centuries. Material is organized by nationality and period, with 56 diagrams in the form of framemakers' pattern books interspersed with 38 plates of framed paintings. Components are drawn directly from photographs of 268 frames original or contemporary to their pictures. All illustrations are b&w. Distributed by University of Washington Press. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781858940366
Publisher:
Merrell Publishers, LTD
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
9.15(w) x 11.15(h) x 0.88(d)

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