Should canvas pictures be framed with glass

Framing of paintings

Typically, paintings are framed without glass. Especially with classic paintings where the paint layer is covered with a varnish. Depending on the image carrier (canvas on a stretcher frame, wooden panel, etc.), a frame with a correspondingly high fold is selected. When the painting is placed in the fold, we take care that the paint layer cannot rub off.

Various materials are used to fix the painting in the frame. It is not uncommon for so-called pressure springs to be used, which yield flexibly when the image carrier is “working”. A back wall is often used as additional protection for paintings.

In recent painting in particular, canvases are often painted to the edge or even at the edge. For optical reasons, you don't want this part of the picture to disappear into the fold. Conservation reasons (abrasion, different exposure) also speak in favor of a different type of framing. Shadow gaps were developed for this purpose. Shadow gaps are frames without a fold, in which the painting is mounted in the frame at a certain distance from the edge of the light, so that a joint is created between the canvas and the frame that casts a light but desired shadow.

Paintings are sometimes framed under glass for the following reasons. On the one hand to protect against soiling, to protect against UV light and to protect against vandalism. In the latter case, laminated glass is often used.

Typically, paintings are framed without glass. Especially with classic paintings where the paint layer is covered with a varnish. Depending on the image carrier (canvas on a stretcher, ... read more »
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Framing of paintings

Typically, paintings are framed without glass. Especially with classic paintings where the paint layer is covered with a varnish. Depending on the image carrier (canvas on a stretcher frame, wooden panel, etc.), a frame with a correspondingly high fold is selected. When the painting is placed in the fold, we ensure that the paint layer cannot rub off.

Various materials are used to fix the painting in the frame. It is not uncommon for so-called pressure springs to be used, which yield flexibly when the image carrier is “working”. A back wall is also often used as additional protection for paintings.

In recent painting in particular, canvases are often painted to the edge or even at the edge. For optical reasons, you don't want this part of the picture to disappear into the fold. Conservation reasons (abrasion, different exposure) also speak in favor of a different type of framing. Shadow gaps were developed for this purpose. Shadow gaps are frames without a fold, in which the painting is mounted in the frame at a certain distance from the edge of the light, so that a joint is created between the canvas and the frame that casts a light but desired shadow.

Paintings are sometimes framed under glass for the following reasons. On the one hand to protect against soiling, to protect against UV light and to protect against vandalism. In the latter case, laminated glass is often used.

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