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Looking at European Frames: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques

  • D. Gene Karraker

    Works of art in their own right, frames play an essential and often overlooked role in complementing the artworks they support. The craft and history of European frames is a fascinating subject and this volume provides a rich and informative guide to the frame maker's art from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century.

    This handy reference tool features over two hundred entries—arranged alphabetically from abacus to whiting—that concisely explain the techniques, materials, and styles involved in the making of frames. Lavishly illustrated with objects from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, this handbook will be invaluable not only to professionals and collectors but also to all those wishing to increase their understanding and enjoyment of frames.

    D. Gene Karraker is assistant conservator of frames in the Department of Paintings Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

    88 pages
    6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
    60 color and 1 b/w illustrations
    2 line drawings
    ISBN 978-0-89236-981-2

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum
    Series: Looking At