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equinepainter
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Hello

Theron, thank you for this great link. These boards are beautiful. Jill, thank you for the valuable information, and why this type of frame would not be suitable for framing Icons.

Valarie

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Theron
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It helps to include the link to the site you're talking about:

http://www.iconboards.com/index.php3?cid=44

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Theron
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This site has round top icon boards. This is probably as close as you will come to an arch top board.
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You'll find that a Gothic arch-shaped frame is not suitable for framing icons, as it would interfere or obscure important details in the icon such as the saint's inscription, or other details in the corners of the icon or on the upper border.

The upper corners of many icons feature motifs such as the quarter mandorla surrounding Christ blessing, or the same with a blessing hand emerging from it. The upper border frequently has the motif of a small icon of Christ, the Mother of God, or the Holy Trinity. Other icons have details which, if obscured, diminish the meaning of the icon to the viewer. One such icon which immediately comes to mind is the Holy Trinity. A Gothic arch frame would mask the tall house on the left of the icon, and the mountain on the right.

Icons are, on occasion, painted in a non-rectangular shape, most commonly rectangular on three sides, and a round, "domed" top. This is common for iconostases. The Gothic arch shape has never featured in Orthodox iconography, therefore it is probably best not to use it.

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equinepainter
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Hello,

I have been searching high and low for a place that might sell frames which resemble the beautiful Gothic Arch frames from long ago.

Many thanks,

Valarie

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