I am not sure I have a lot new to say about this, as it's a continuation from our last blog, but I just can't stop tangling about it!
Next time you are at a museum, take special care to notice the frames and mats – those burled wood and gilded moldings; those inner frame liners and gold French mat lines; the marbled details and delicate hangers; the custom carvings and verdigris finishes.
After you notice those frames created by other artists and craftspersons who are specialists in presentation, design and preservation, notice the artistry that frames those frames! Appreciate the artistry of those who designed the space so that you look at a painting the very best way – the lighting and layout of the exhibit, the proportions of the room, the colors on the walls, the typography of the descriptions, the floors, window designs, the benches to sit on so you can rest as you appreciate your favorite painting.
(Molly's husband just designed and made a series of benches for a museum. They are beautiful. Understanding the thought, design, and craftsmanship he put into them inspires us to notice and appreciate those sorts of things even more now.)
All this art to support appreciating art. How cool is that!
Those frames go on like infinite Russian nesting dolls – with no apparent end to the larger, or the smaller. That gallery is framed by a museum, which is framed by a city layout, which is framed by a geography, which is framed by a continent, then planet, then patterns of planets tracing celestial tangles one orbit at a time, framing . . .
And that painting frames colors, framing brush strokes, framing chemical bonds, framing molecules, framing atoms, framing electrons tracing their tangles one orbit at a time, framing . . .
All in an elegant presentation of lighting and dimension, proportion and perspective – such a beautiful wonder to behold.
How does a trip to a museum or gallery inspire you? Let us know by commenting below and we'll pick one randomly to receive one of this blog's tiles.
Congrat's to Joy Dolan, who received our previous blog's give-away!
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