In pictures: Frames in focus

Picture frames from the 16th century take centre stage in a current exhibition at the National Gallery, which looks at elaborate frames as works of art in their own right

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The Music Lesson, possibly by Titian, c1535 © The National Gallery, London

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A frame by Jacopo Sansovino with well-preserved original gilding, c1580s © photo The National Gallery, London / courtesy the owner

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A partially gilded carved walnut Sansovino frame, c1550s © photo The National Gallery, London / courtesy the owner

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Portrait of Girolamo Fracastoro, by Titian, c1528

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A carved and partially gilded Sansovino frame, c1560-80 © photo The National Gallery, London / courtesy the owner

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Frames in Focus: Sansovino Frames is on show at the National Gallery, London, until 13 September 2015 and admission is free. Find out more at the gallery website