Baroque prints are unique and can dominate the wall space they are displayed on. Rarely are these pieces suited to a collection in close proximity because the resulting effect is likely to be overwhelming.
You can find a range of baroque prints online, most of which are art reproductions and they continue to be popular, or you can spend a fortune on a classic original in which case you will definitely want to pay attention to the framing material to ensure it has maximum protection.
Authentic paintings are the type to consider having a custom frame built to accommodate, but for art reproductions, there are several types of picture frames and colour shades that help the art to capture the time period it represents, which in the case of Renaissance prints, is historic pieces pre-dating the 1600’s.
3 Ways to Display Baroque Art and Prints that Capture the Renaissance Period Best
- Canvas prints
Canvas prints can be a good fit for oversized wall prints as original paintings created during the Renaissance period were fresco, meaning they were painted directly onto the wall.
As a lot of baroque prints feature similar shades, it raises the possibility of featuring a collection of similar canvas prints as a collection together such as a print of Venus of Urbino by Titian along with the Creation of Adam Hands print, which is only a part of the original fresco painting by Michelangelo. A more prominent piece of art like the La Scapigliata canvas print is something that could be better suited as a standalone piece hung above a mantel or a sideboard situated in a reception.
- Ornate swept frames
Ornate swept frames can be better suited to historic prints as they are richer in detail, particularly around the corners. When framing baroque prints, the main thing to consider is the separation of the piece from the wall space around it. As a lot of these prints are reproductions of fresco paintings, rich details on dark woods such as mahogany or using the richness of metals, you can take advantage of gold ornate swept frames, which are made of wood and stained to give it a gold veneer finish. This gives you the advantage of a sturdy material to use for framing as well as the luxurious appeal of a precious metal surrounding the print.
As ornate swept frames have a lot more details on the frame, these are best used for singular pieces displayed on their own rather than a feature collection. Displaying a collection of baroque prints within close proximity using ornate swept decorative frames is likely to be too overpowering, distracting the focus from the prints, rather than complimenting them.
- Dark wood frames
Dark wood frames such as mahogany are the classic for timepieces as they have been used for centuries. More so with mahogany and teak wood, rather than the softer woods of pinewood and basswood that give a lighter-coloured finish.
You don’t necessarily have to buy a hardwood frame to benefit from the classic appeal as modern frames can be made with affordable softwoods then given a veneer finish to look like a hardwood frame.
The one thing each baroque print has in common with framing is they are often displayed with a dark border using a dark wood frame. When you want to create the effect of a wall mural to create a classic fresco look, canvas prints are the way to go.