National Gallery Appeal

A New Frame for Titian's Allegory of Prudence

Fundraising for The National Gallery
raised of £27,000 target
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It is generally taken for granted that an Old Master painting is presented in a frame. Most of us may be unaware of how powerfully the frame can influence our perceptions of the picture within.

Titian’s masterpiece, An Allegory of Prudence, features three heads which allude to the three ages of man: youth, maturity and old age. Although the work itself is in excellent condition, its current 17th century French frame is heavily altered. This frame, which is not befitting of the work, crowds the painting and flattens the composition.

Recently, our Head of Framing, Peter Schade has managed to source a fine, uncut, Venetian 16th century frame. It is of extremely high quality and features exquisitely carved little grotesque dragons. The colour and detailing of the frame work in harmony with Titian’s masterpiece and it is much more appropriate for a work of this period.

We are pleased to let you know that the National Gallery has managed to raise a substantial amount towards the cost of the frame, however we still need to raise £17,000. Please help us to purchase this outstanding frame for Titian's An Allegory of Prudence.

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