Frames in Focus: Exhibition of Sansovino frames opens at the National Gallery in London

When you go to see an exhibition at the National Gallery you’d normally expect to see paintings – not this spring, however, as from 1 April to 13 September, it is frames that are the stars of the latest show to open in Trafalgar Square. Frames in Focus: Sansovino Frames will showcase 30 frames gathered in London from across Europe. However, only two of them will include paintings – one of the first times ever a UK gallery has created an exhibition (almost) purely from frames alone. National Gallery Director Dr Nicholas Penny explains the reasoning behind this unique show: “Over the last decade the National Gallery has acquired numerous fine historic frames. This exhibition and the related publication is designed to help visitors appreciate one type of such frame as an elegant and exciting form of furniture which is both sculptural and architectural and which belongs

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