Embellishment

Embellishment is often associated with a final finishing touch but can also be a major part of the composition of a work of art. In photography, final photographs can be embellished with colour, glitter or gold or silver paint usually used to frame and edge the photograph. Popular embellishments in mixed media include gold and silver leaf, crystals and anything else that will enhance the work of art.

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Mary Ann Hillier; unknown girl, by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1869-1870 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Ann Hillier; unknown girl
by Julia Margaret Cameron
1869-1870
NPG x18056

Muriel Kennedy, by Lallie Charles (nee Charlotte Elizabeth Martin), circa 1905 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Muriel Kennedy
by Lallie Charles (nee Charlotte Elizabeth Martin)
circa 1905
NPG x131849

Gaby Deslys as The Charm of Paris in

Gaby Deslys as The Charm of Paris in 'New Aladdin'
by Cecil Beaton
circa 1930
NPG D3613

Elton John (

Elton John ('On the throne')
by Suzi Malin
1978
NPG 6563

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