To mark the month of December, ChasingART traveled virtually to The National Gallery to view Stories of Gold. This marvelous collection of videos came out in 2017 to celebrate this special time of year.
The third video answers the question: How frames add beauty to an artwork?
Gilding a frame is an art form. It is a time-honored technique used by the National Gallery, and one that requires careful preparation and patience. The National Gallery has a framing department that works tirelessly to find the perfect frame for the artwork. The frames are restored and repaired using the same techniques as 500 years ago. There are strict protocols for the care and maintenance of the frames.