Box Frame with Protomes (Siena, 1520-1540)
The box frame is a cyma with ovoli and a counter-cyma with beads. It is decorated with vegetable and animal motifs, such as the head of a cherub at the top, the coat of arms at the bottom and the busts of men on the four corners (110x89cm sec of 20 cm). The frame is totally made according to the original work, gilded with 22k gold leaf. The surface is prepared with yellow and red bole while the hand carved festoon is painted with a bluish watercolor priming. It frames the painting of Christ bearing the Cross by Domenico Beccafumi in the first half of the 16th century. The original is now exhibited at the Archibishop Seminary of Siena.