Buying, Collecting and Display: Case Studies

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Projects relating to Buying, Collecting and Display are undertaken by staff from across the National Gallery's research departments.

Relevant features highlight where research into frames from a particular period has informed decisions on reframing, as for Leonardo’s 'Virgin of the Rocks'. During cleaning and restoration of Jan van Eyck’s 'Margaret, the Artist's Wife' more was learnt about the construction and decoration of the original integral frame.

Framing was one aspect of the Raphael Research Project, an online resource bringing together the Gallery's research into its collection of pictures by Raphael. It also includes features about Raphael’s drawings, cartoons and iconography, copies and prints after his work, the provenance of his pictures, their conservation and their materials and techniques.

  1. Find out how a new frame has added to our understanding of Leonardo's 'Virgin of the Rocks'.
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    See the impact that different frames have on Raphael's powerful crucifixion painting, 'The Mond Crucifixion'.
  3. Take a closer look at the panel and frame of ‘Margaret, the Artist’s Wife’. Find out how they were assembled