To keep our bodies upright, we have our own skeletal systems. Pictures also have a similar need and frames function for that purpose. The frame is defined in “Wikipedia” as a structural system that supports other components of a physical construction.

With that in mind, frames are used so that pictures have a solid border around them. Of course, they come in different sizes, colors, designs and textures. “Wikipedia” defines picture frame as a container for a picture, such as a painting or photograph, intended to enhance it, make it easier to display, or protect it. They have traditionally been made of metal, gold, silver, bronze, which is still the most common and most prestigious material, although other materials are also used, including plastic, wood and even sea shells. Frames usually have glasses for the purpose of protecting the contained picture but such wouldn’t be necessary if you are displaying a painting because they are sturdy enough. They are likewise put to use when it comes to beds and eyeglasses which also come in various forms, styles and colors.

Historical discoveries even indicate that fayum mummy portrait with wodden frames have already been used by Egyptians way back 2nd century A.D. When they realized that the production of this method was expensive, they developed a more efficient method.

Altarpieces inside churches in Europe during the 14th and 15th centuries were generally immovable and were designed to align with the existing architectural elements of the cathedral exteriors. Wealthy art enthusiasts also began commissioning popular painters to create self portraits for them during the Renaissance. This became the start of the movable or portable frame.

Various styles have also been made available to the public such as the “L”-style frame which is intentionally constructed with an L-shaped wooden border with a bottom that firmly holds the frame.

Other frames like clip, box and shadow can also be obtained by those who would prefer those styles. Nowadays, advancements in modern technology has made it possible for us to find a digital photo frame.