Yesterday I visited the Portland Art Museum’s exhibit Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection .
It’s a great show and the paintings are beautiful and inspiring and interesting and I loved seeing them.
Then as I was looking at each picture, my focus slipped to the amazing frames on those old paintings.
I mean, these paintings were framed.
None of this skinny, almost invisible, silver edge stuff.
These frames were made to separate our world from the world depicted in the painting.
No cross over!
You are there and inside here is a French meadow or the Grand Canyon or Venice.
They are works of art in their own right.
Hand carved and gilded, it’s one painting, two artists.