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The finding of the True Cross
(c. 1516)

Medium
tempera and oil on wood panel
Measurements
90.0 × 196.5 cm
Accession Number
3078-4
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1954
Gallery location
14th - 16th Century Gallery - Painting & Decorative Arts
Level 1, NGV International

Frame

COLA dell'Amatrice
The finding of the True Cross (c. 1516)
Framemaker
Reproduction
Date
2011
Materials

The frame is made from western red cedar using a laminated construction and shaped to follow the convex curvature of the panel.  It is gilded with gold leaf which has been distressed and toned with gouache, watercolour and rottenstone.

COLA dell'Amatrice
The finding of the True Cross (c. 1516)
About

The reframing of The finding of the True Cross (c.1516-33) coincided with the cleaning and restoration of the painting in 2010-12.

The former framing of the work (see above image) was shaped to follow the convex curvature of the horizontal planks of timber.  It was fitted to the outer edges of the panel and exposed the 70mm margin along the top edge that originally carried an engaged frame but was subsequently added into the image by extending the gilded and punched background to the top.  This frame was also blended into the surface of the paint by filling and gilding.

The cleaning of the painting revealed the original 70mm framing margin along the top and a new frame was constructed to re-cover this margin, reflect the format of the original framing and re-establish the sense of being ‘engaged’ with the surface of the work.

The new frame made reference to the frames of the Paris Bordonne and Francia paintings in the NGV collection.