November 2, 2010—We've been framed! The Mead is thrilled to present 'new' period frames, prepared by the  frame conservators Gill & Lagodich, surrounding museum master works by Bartholomeus van Bassen, Childe Hassam, and Peter Paul Rubens. These popular paintings appear transformed by their historically appropriate frames. If you haven't yet seen them, the change is worth a visit!

Van Bassen's Interior of a Church (1624) is presented in a 19th-century European Alpine painting frame of ebonized gesso on wood with a gilded flat at the sight edge.

Hassam's Flags on the Friar's Club (1918) is presented in an early 20th-century American Arts and Crafts painting frame of gilded hand-carved wood.

Rubens' Charity Enlightening the World (ca.1627-28) is presented in a 16th-century Italian gilded and hand-carved wooden painting frame, with dimensional carving of heavily stylized acanthus, anthemion and foliate motifs, and a running pearl sight edge.

Related article in The New Yorker

Frame Game by Leo Carey, March 27, 2006
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