Frame of the Week – A Modern Masters Favorite

This week’s featured work is a 17th century Baroque Spanish carved and gilt frame with carved scrolling corners and black painted panels.

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17th century Baroque Spanish carved and gilt frame

The Baroque style began in Italy at the beginning of the 17th century and then spread to the rest of Europe; the Baroque frames of this period in Italy and Spain were typically dramatic and sculptural, often featuring deeply carved scrolling corners and a dramatic receding profile which pushes the picture forward from the wall.  The panels of the frames were often painted for added contrast.  Fine examples of these frame designs were used on the paintings of artists such as Caravaggio in Italy or Velazquez and El Greco in Spain.

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Detail of frame showing the carved corner ornament

In the 20th century, the expressive quality of these bold designs has been widely used to complement the works of artists such as Picasso, Braque, Miro and Matisse.

Today, these frames are frequently used to frame Modern Masters and can be found in museums throughout the world.

For more information on Lowy’s collection of Baroque Spanish frames or any of the 5000 in our inventory, please visit www.lowyonline.com or call 212-861-8585.

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