Why are paintings put in rectangular frames?

In summary, the conversation discusses the potential impact of using non-rectangular frames for paintings and whether it would force artists to think differently. It also mentions the Romans' use of right-angled buildings and rectangular frames for paintings in mainland Europe, and the reasons for their prevalence.
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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?
 
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They are easy to build, display, store, etc.
 
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http://wings.buffalo.edu/cas/english/faculty/conte/syllabi/377/Images/Picasso_Chair.jpg
Picasso, Still life with Chair Caning, 1912 :smile:
 
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Probably because paper/canvas is mostly rectangular? :tongue:
 
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verdigris said:
Did the Romans use rectangular frames for paintings on mainland Europe?
The Romans didn't paint on canvas. They did some painting on wood, but mostly it was wall frescoes and some decorated items.
 

1. Why are paintings put in rectangular frames?

Rectangular frames are the most common shape for paintings because they provide a simple and stable structure to support the artwork. This shape also allows for easy hanging and display on walls.

2. Are there any other reasons for using rectangular frames?

Aside from practical reasons, rectangular frames are also aesthetically pleasing. They provide a clean and balanced look, allowing the focus to remain on the artwork itself.

3. What are the benefits of using rectangular frames over other shapes?

Rectangular frames offer versatility and can easily accommodate different sizes and styles of paintings. They also provide a consistent and traditional look, which is preferred by many artists and collectors.

4. Can paintings be placed in frames of other shapes?

While rectangular frames are the most common, paintings can also be placed in frames of other shapes such as round, oval, or even custom shapes. However, these frames may not offer the same stability and ease of display as rectangular frames.

5. Do rectangular frames affect the perception or interpretation of the artwork?

The shape of a frame can have a subtle impact on the viewer's perception of the artwork. Rectangular frames are often associated with traditional and classic styles, while more unconventional shapes may evoke a sense of modernity or creativity. Ultimately, the decision to use a rectangular frame should be based on the artist's vision for the presentation of their artwork.

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