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.
Frame in focus: Leonardo's 'Virgin of the Rocks'
In 2010, following 18 months of conservation, Leonardo's Virgin of the Rocks returned to the Gallery walls not only newly cleaned but also in a new frame.
Studying Raphael: frames
See the impact that different frames have on Raphael's powerful crucifixion painting, 'The Mond Crucifixion'.