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In Italy, the church heavily influenced both architecture and interior design during the 15th-17th centuries. This period ispired important artists such as Boticelli, da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Canaletto and continues to influence artists today. Original treasures from this period are some of the most precious in the world.
Frame designs during the 16th and 17th centuries were largely based on the casetta style. Cassetta panels in the frames were often ornamented with decorative techniques including sgraffito, pastiglia, and carved patterns and were primarily gilded. The exquisite patterns used for frame ornamentation often originated from cathedrals or historic Greek designs.