List of illustrations

  • Musical Entertainment at Table
  • History gallery of the Château de Beauregard
  • Gallery of the Louvre
  • Düsseldorf Picture Gallery
  • Interior of Peale's Museum
  • New West Wing gallery, The Museum of Modern Art
  • Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Henry Field Memorial Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Gothic architectural altarpiece frame
  • Tondo frame
  • Reduced tabernacle frame
  • Cassetta with pastiglia decoration
  • Leaf frames
  • Altarpiece of the High Altar
  • Altarpiece of the High Altar
  • Altarpiece of the Adoration of the Magi (shown closed)
  • Lutman style frame
  • Large Bargello Diptych (frame)
  • Architectural altarpiece (frame)
  • Overdoor (frame), bedchamber of Louis XIV
  • Frame, Louis XVI style
  • Title page from Robert Dowland, "A Musicall Banquet"
  • Frame
  • Sunderland type frame
  • Triptych of the Virgin and Child with Scenes from the Life of Christ
  • Crucifixion
  • Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints Peter, Paul, John the Baptist, and Dominic and Dominican Supplicant
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  • The Ayala Altarpiece
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  • Virgin and Child; Portrait of a Man in Prayer
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Description: The Art of the Edge: European Frames 1300–1900
Contents
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Description: The Art of the Edge: European Frames 1300–1900
Art museums are in essence frames. A museum separates the art it contains from the chaos of the outside world and encourages aesthetic appreciation. We enter The Art Institute of Chicago through doorways framed by a monumental Renaissance Revival façade. Inside, the walls, ceilings, and openings of the original 1893 building that houses the European...
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Description: The Art of the Edge: European Frames 1300–1900
Art museums have long been ambivalent about picture frames. Following attempts at systematic, standardized reframing in the 18th and early 19th centuries, art museums in the 20th century in both Europe and America more or less accepted paintings in the frames that came with them. This habit of indifferent acceptance has resulted in a veritable chaos of frames...
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The independent picture frame has a neatly definable history. It began in Italy during the early years of the Renaissance, largely as the result of the privatization and secularization of the painting, and it ended during the last decades of the 19th century, as painters began either to ignore the frame or to subsume it into the arena of the picture itself...
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There are very few things in this room where I now write; among them, however, are two large photographs and a small painting, which, in times of forced leisure, sickness, or fatigue, are favorites in attracting my attention. The two photographs face each other from opposite walls...
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For nearly fifteen days a very richly gilded picture frame has been on view in the chambers at Versailles, destined to receive a portrait of the Queen.
    – Mercure de France, 1775
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Unless otherwise stated, measurements for height, width, and molding width are made at maximal points. Measurements for depth do not include later, supplemental back frames.
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Trustees and Officers of The Art Institute of Chicago
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