Annotated Bibliography of Frame Publications,
1995 to 2011
By country: Spain
García, Francisco Herrera, ‘En los Márgenes del Cuadro: El Marco en la Sevilla Barroca', pp.109-27, in Domingo Martínez: en la Estela de Murillo, exh. cat., Centro Cultural el Monte, Seville, 2004. On picture frames in the Baroque style in Seville from the late sixteenth to the mid-eighteenth century, with 10 illustrations; there are other colour illustrations of framed paintings distributed through the catalogue. The essay applies a quotation from Ortega y Gasset's meditation on frames, that a painting without a frame is like a man despoiled of his clothes, to some of the most striking examples of Baroque carving in Seville; it includes details of some carvers and gilders, notably Jose Fernando Medinilla, and the price of their work. The catalogue also contains a 1751 inventory of Martínez's possessions, including frames.
Pérez-Hita, Horacio, La colección Alorda-Derksen: Marcos de los siglos XVI-XVIII [The Collection Alorda-Derksen: frames from 16th-18th centuries], Barcelona and London, Spanish and English text, 2006, 275pp, 116 catalogue entries, illustrated throughout. This publication is devoted to the Manuel Alorda and Hanneke Derksen collection of empty frames. It is divided into chapters devoted to cassetta frames, the Herrera style, Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries, Spain in the 17th century, ‘Materials and polychromy’, devoted to ebony, ripple, tortoiseshell and hardstone frames, and Spanish 18th-century frames.
Tiemblo, María Pía Timón, Coleccion Cano de P.E.A., El Marco Espanol en la Historia del Arte. The Spanish Frame in the History of Art, P.E.A., S.A., Madrid, no date, 1998 or 1999, 109pp, 85 colour illustrations, 46 frame sections. A useful well-illustrated survey of Spanish frames, published by the Madrid frame firm P.E.A. in Spanish with an English translation, and based on the collection of the Cano frame workshop, founded in 1907 and acquired by P.E.A. in 1994. The introduction reproduces eight frames made by the Cano workshops for the Prado museum including those on works by Raphael, Titian, Velazquez, Zurburan and Goya. A short section of illustrations reproducing decorative techniques is followed by corner details and sections of 46 frames in current production, ranging from mediaeval to 19th-century models.
Tiemblo, María Pía Timón, El marco en España: del mundo romano al inicio del modernismo, Humanes, Publicaciones Europeas de Arte, Madrid, 2002, 394pp. A substantial illustrated survey of Spanish frames, albeit with rather inadequate illustrations.
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