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If that old frame could talk

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Astoria Art Loft will exhibit frames of all kinds, with a pictorial history of frames going back to the 11th century, during the month of July.

While the exhibit opens July 1, a reception is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 10, as part of Astoria Arts Walk.

A special presentation will be made by Michael Bruhn of Astoria’s Best Framer. His talk will include a video on “The History of Frames” from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picture frames hold a key place in the world of art, organizers said. The first frame still in existence dates between A.D. 50 – 70 and was found in an Egyptian tomb. It still protected and decorated a portrait.

Later, frames were used mainly for religious art, especially in the 11th and 12th centuries in Gothic cathedrals. They formed part of the architecture and surrounded the sculpture, carvings, stained glass, paintings near or on the altars. The architectural frames were massive, ornately carved, and permanent.

Astoria Art Loft is at 106 Third St.

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