Framework VII: Restoring the Boundaries
May 13 - November 6, 2011
"Framework VII" showcases this year's results of the Museum's frame conservation apprenticeship program. In this program, now in its seventh year, Smith College and other Five-College students are trained by Chief Preparator William Myers and Associate Director David Dempsey in the techniques of frame conservation. Featured in this installation is an historically accurate, Venetian-style frame created for Lorenzo Bellotto's "View of a Palace Courtyard" (1765). The frame was carved by Dimitrios Klitsas, master wood carver in Hamden, Massachusetts, and gilded by the students in the program. In addition, carefully conserved frames surround Pietro Longhi's "La Furlana" (18th century) and two paintings by Régis François Gignoux, "Italian Landscape" (1861) and "Autumn Landscape" (19th century).
Image credit: Pietro Longhi. Italian, 1702-1785. "La Furlana," n.d. Oil on canvas. Purchased with the Drayton Hillyer Fund, 1947:2-1. Photograph by Petegorsky/Gipe