The Artsy Podcast, No. 17: What’s in a Frame?

Artsy’s team of editors takes you behind the scenes of the best stories in art.

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How did frames that galleries once threw to the curb come to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars? This week, we take you through the history of the frames market—from the 15th century, when a frame could be more valuable than the painting itself, to the 20th century, when their popularity and price tags dwindled with the rise of modern art. We also discuss the dealers, collectors, and conservators that make up today’s healthy market for period frames.

A Brief History of the Frames Market

This podcast is hosted by Artsy Editorial Associate Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Senior Editor Tess Thackara and Editorial Associate Abigail Cain. It was produced by Abigail with assistance from Editorial Intern Demie Kim.


Intro music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free

Cover image: Photo by Abigail Cain.