Monday, January 9, 2012

The Mona Lisa Framed

As the New Year begins, I would like to extend my thanks and offer my gratitude to all the readers who have followed Picture of Elegance, where pictures that tell a story are showcased.

Courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel, I would like to share this video titled The Many Layers of the Mona Lisa.

To protect and enhance any painting there is always the relationship between art and its frame. In an old issue of House & Garden, there was an article that highlighted the famed Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci; it was shown in different European frames.

The framing process usually starts by knowing the period, the country and region of the painting. All the frames above were available during the era when the Mona Lisa was created.

I love the simplicity of the neoclassical style, which is the gold French frame of Louis XVI (last image), it adds more emphasis on the painting itself.

Photo courtesy of House & Garden June 1998, photography by Charles Masters


RAG said...

I think I liked the first one, the one it is framed in now, the best!

Anonymous said...

The video was wonderful. I didn't know about the "layering" to achieve dark colors. Thank you for the post, it is always gratifying to learn. Ann

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