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Why are paintings put in rectangular frames?

  1. Mar 29, 2007 #1
    If paintings were not put in rectangular frames but in triangular or hexagonal or circular frames what difference would this make to the end product?
    Would the artist be forced to think differently?When the Romans came to the United Kingdom in the first century AD they brought the idea of right angled buildings with them (the native Celts built circular huts).Did the Romans use rectangular frames for paintings on mainland Europe?
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2007
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  3. Mar 30, 2007 #2


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    They are easy to build, display, store, etc.
  4. Mar 30, 2007 #3


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  5. Mar 30, 2007 #4


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    Probably because paper/canvas is mostly rectangular? :tongue:
  6. Mar 30, 2007 #5


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    The Romans didn't paint on canvas. They did some painting on wood, but mostly it was wall frescoes and some decorated items.
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