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Efficiently Displaying Your Works Of Art

There are many basic strategies employed by interior designers for hanging artwork, though none of them are set in stone. The point of having art is to view it, appreciate it and perhaps even be moved by it.

Do not buy art just because it coordinates with your furnishings. Instead, buy art because it’s good art, then tie it in to your room by buying couch cushions or baskets of flowers or fruit that reflect the colors in the artwork.

Hanging art at eye level is the most accepted practice. When you visit a gallery, you will see that the middle of the piece of art is usually about five feet from the bottom of the wall.

To show the artwork’s true colors, experts prefer to use halogen bulbs; they cast a pure light on the art. Always be sure to use the correct hardware for hanging pictures: two picture hooks and wire for each piece.

Sometimes art is simply placed on the floor and leaned against a wall, or it can be placed on a shelf or table as an attractive accent. Big works that have been framed are the best pieces to display in this manner.

A white mat is the best for framing your art. A filet, or an accent mat, can be used behind a white mat to display a sliver of color around your art, if color is what you desire.

Creating a sense of balance is the goal of making an artwork grouping. If the pieces are of various sizes, hang them so the centers of the pictures are in a line, rather than the bottoms or the tops.

Prior to hanging the art on your wall, draw out the grouping or arrange them on your floor just as you would on the wall. Remember the empty space between each piece of work is a very important component of the arrangement.

After you have your artwork pieced together, then you should think about how far apart you are going to place each piece from one another. One and a hlaf inches between your frames is a good rule of thumb when putting photos or prints of the same size together.

Sketching groups like this on paper is especially useful when you are trying to decide on a pattern for the group. To add interest to the arrangement, consider using different shapes and sizes of frames.

Contemporary art looks best in simple frames. Ornately decorative frames look good with traditional and impressionistic artwork.

To make a smaller art piece demand more attention, use a large mat. If you have the time, you should always paint the walls that you are going to show off your art, in different shades of white.

Don’t leave choosing your art till the end of a redecorating or renovating project. Use this as your inspiration for making color and texture choices.

Choosing the perfect piece of art can be time-consuming, expensive and even frustrating. Most professionals will suggest that you find artwork that brings out a visceral reaction for the viewer.

For instance, it can be art from your relatives or acquaintances or art that you discovered in your travels.

For instance, someone from Puerto Rico might choose to display artwork of El Morro; while someone else who was stationed in Ethiopia with the military may choose to display chalk art showing traditional, African villages. While traveling, artists often look for a piece of art that really impacts them.

Mixing and matching frames add interest; there is no rule that each piece must have an identical frame. Just make sure that the frame is not the focal point of the piece.

If you find art at a gallery and aren’t sure if it will work in your home, many galleries will let you pay a deposit and take it home to try it out. To help you find the right art for your home, some galleries will even let you take up to twenty works of art at a time.

Introduction To Gothic Art

Some of the most valuable early artwork comes from a point of time before the Renaissance had begun, and going on through the early Middle Ages, referred to as the period of Gothic art. During this particular time in history, the artwork took on telling narrative stories through pictures, and much of these pieces were Christian and secular in nature. Some of the earliest examples of Gothic art are sculptures found on cathedral and abbey walls, and the first real form of Gothic artwork began as architectural works in fact, even becoming the subject matter for many stained glass windows at the time.

The style of painting that further defined Gothic art wasn’t produced until nearly fifty years after Gothic architecture and sculptures, and even though the break between Romanesque artwork and the Gothic styles has remained imprecise at best, the beginnings of Gothic artwork seems to occur in various areas at different but related intervals. The artwork began in England and France around 1200, and in other areas like Germany and Italy between 1220 and 1300. The paintings stayed just as narrative as the architecture on church walls during this time, and has stayed the territory of secular storytelling for a long time afterwards.

Though Gothic art in paintings has had a relatively short time as the medium of choice among the artists, there is evidence that the artwork falls into four particular styles of these paintings, and these were the most common forms during this time period. The fresco, the panel painting, the illuminated manuscript, and the artwork done on stained glass are all depictions of Gothic painting. Of these particular types, stained glass artwork had remained a strong reminder of those ages long past, and is still created by master artisans that learned their trade skills from these dark ages.

In the case of the other three particular forms of Gothic painting, frescoes continued to be used as the pictorial narratives on church walls in southern Europe, and were a consistent incorporation of early Christian and Romanesque traditions. In Italy, during the 13th century, the panel painting began and spread throughout Europe. With this proliferation, panel paintings became even more predominant by the 15th century, and becoming even more popular than stained glass at the time. Since not all monumental works have survived, illuminated manuscripts are the most complete record of Gothic painting, and provide a comprehensive account of styles that would otherwise perished.

As the state of the world began to change, so too did the interpretations of the artwork as a reflection of these changing times and attitudes, and the movement became known as International Gothic by the late 15th century. From there, it had evolved into an art form depicting not just secular stories and allegories, but also resulted in the occurrence of more illuminated manuscripts and paintings as increased trade and the rise of cities and universities grew. With this proliferation of growth, more people were literate, and lead to better records kept with this occurring. Leading up to many of the well-known medieval artists today.

The International Gothic style of artwork was developed in Burgundy, Bohemia, and northern Italy in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. During this period in Gothic art, artists traveled widely around the civilized world at the time creating a common aesthetic among the aristocracy of the time, and removing the concepts of contrary artistic styles. The main influences for this period in artwork were derived from northern France, the Netherlands, and Italy. It was during this time, that aspects of rational uses of perspective and setting became a common feature, and other features included flowing lines and rich coloring.

In the case of Gothic sculpture, it had evolved from the elongated forms of the Romanesque style, and became a more naturalistic expression in the early 12th and late 13th centuries. Influences from Greek and Roman statuary were incorporated into drapery, facial expressions, and poses. The sculptor Claus Sluter and the changing tastes for more naturalistic styles became a harbinger for the end of the Gothic period of art, and signaled the beginning of the evolution into Renaissance period at the end of the 15th century.

In a time period where upheaval was the normal occurrence of many of the people then, Gothic art fell into the broad scope of medieval artwork that included such disparate elements and styles as Viking art and Celtic art, but in varying degrees relied upon the artistic heritage of the Roman Empire and the early Christian Church. In fact, much medieval artwork has the history of these elements conjoining and converging into the remarkable artistic legacy we read about today, and have contributed over time to the outcome of many other forms of art from the Renaissance to the present day.