Framing paintings

Find out more about frames at the National Gallery

Discover how a painting's frame can affect the way we interpret the artwork

Detail from Raphael, 'The Crucified Christ with the Virgin Mary, Saints and Angels (The Mond Crucifixion)', about 1502-3
See the impact that different frames have on Raphael's powerful crucifixion painting, 'The Mond Crucifixion'.
Detail from Leonardo 'The Virgin of the Rocks', about 1491-1508
Find out how a new frame has added to our understanding of Leonardo's 'Virgin of the Rocks'.
Jan van Eyck: 'Margaret, the Artist's Wife', 1439, view of th eleft edge of the panel.
Take a closer look at the panel and frame of ‘Margaret, the Artist’s Wife’. Find out how they were assembled