This week’s featured frame is an exceptional 17th century Spanish Charles II-style frame embellished with carvings, gold, and polychrome panel. The design features extended corners with scrolling acanthus leaf carvings, flower-head and leaf carvings, and panels with intricate sgraffito and faux-leather punchwork.
Spanish frames from this time were known for their bold braggadocio, due partly to the emerging influences of Baroque art and visual culture from Spanish colonies including Mexico, Peru and Chile. Old master portraits, such as the below painting of Don Pedro de Barberana by Diego Velázquez, are likely candidates for the energetic and often colorful frames of this period, though later Spanish artists such as Picasso, Dali and Miro also admired the style. These modern masters frequently created abstract and surrealist works to be housed within a textured, engaging frame, displaying the change in artistic styles and techniques to stunning effect. Such diverse aesthetic appeal testifies to the joy to be found in these ornate creations, which invite the viewer for an intimate experience of both the framed artwork and the frame itself.