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The Function and Meaning of Picture Frame in Renaissance Italy: A Case Study of Fra Angelico’s fresco of Annunciation at San Marco
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Pages: 105-115
Year: Issue:  2
Journal: Decoration

Keyword:  Fra AngelicoAlbertiFrameChristian Art;
Abstract: This essay based on the observation of the edge—the frame as pictorial representation—of the fresco of Annunciation at San Marco by Fra Angelico, which poses the question that involve the relationship between picture and its frame, and the origin of this painted frame at the formal and conceptual level. To Combine with the painting(fresco) of the original space, and the cultural and religious background of early Renaissance Florence, We can find that this kind of frame points to three kinds of functional carriers. They come into being in the intersection of various new concepts, and impacting the paintings afterwards; These concepts and expressions on the "edge" of the painting, which is hard to be perceived, and many secrets of the painter and time often hidden among them.
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