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"The finest collection of frames I ever saw"

When Sir Humphry Davy, 19th century eminent British chemist and inventor, returned from a visit to Paris he was asked how the picture galleries had impressed him. "The finest collection of frames I ever saw," he said.

Today's picture post honors this opinion, by putting on display some of the paintings in the Louvre, some less known and some masterpieces of art history. But would you be able to know which painting belongs to which frame? In the same way that one does not judge a book by its cover, we shouldn't judge a painting by its frame.
The Louvre has in recent years been working a lot on putting accurate frames on most of the paintings, meaning that frame and painting date from almost the same decade. Since paintings in French museums have had quite an adventurous life in the last centuries (revolutions, replacements, lootings, losses), most of the paintings had in fact frames that were either used because they looked impressive in relation to the importance of the painting they were used on, or they just happened to be bought at auction houses or from collectors who judged according to their personal taste which frame went with which painting.

Enjoy!

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4 Responses to “"The finest collection of frames I ever saw"”

  1. # Blogger blog

    Bonjour! Cedric,
    Cedric said,"In the same way that one does not judge a book by its cover, we shouldn't judge a painting by its frame."

    Being an artist, I most definitely,
    don't judge a painting, by it frame,
    but being an artist, and when you want to "sell" a painting, the way it's presented (framing)is very
    important!...

    Btw, I did enjoy looking at "glimpses" of the beautiful paintings hanging in the Louvre.

    For sharing...Merci!
    Deedee ;-D  

  2. # Blogger alicia

    I love this! I always notice the frame before anything else!! :)  

  3. # Blogger lala

    they are absolutely gorgeous frames. but anyway you did you capture photos like this? lol  

  4. # Blogger lala

    *why did you
    sorry  

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