A Painting and a canvas: What’s the difference?

The most frequently asked questions I receive in the decoration theme are about what a canvas is, what are the differences and benefits between a canvas and a painting, and how to decide between a canvas or painting.

Both paintings and canvases are used to tell and record our history and to express our tastes, passions, and creativity.

The decision between displaying a canvas or a painting is mostly a matter of personal taste and preferences. But they also depend on important aspects like budget available, interior design, and the location where the art will be hung.

Let’s look at both options and look at the individual benefits and weaknesses.

What is a painting and what is a canvas?

Painting is what we call the result of an artistic or print work that is presented with a frame that surrounds and protects it. Various materials can be used in the work of making, including artistic papers, photographic papers, fabrics and others, giving different aspects of presentation according to the materials used in production.

Canvas is what we call the result of artwork or printing (predominantly done on a fabric canvas called canvas) that is mounted and stretched on a chassis. The canvases, being produced using fabrics with a textured surface, give an aspect of artistic work. Today, we can create and buy canvas prints easily on Internet, whatever our criteria is.

We can say that a frame for a print or artistic work aims to protect it and highlight it from the environment around it, whereas, canvas is the assembly of a print or artistic work on a chassis granting height, width and depth that sets you apart from the environment around you.

Why frame a print or art?

If you’ve already had a poster taped to the door or wall of your room, you know that for that poster to look attractive it depends a lot on the location and color of the wall. This was because there was nothing creating a separation and contrast between the wall and the poster. Not only that, posters are at risk of easily becoming damaged.

A frame will generate the necessary contrast so that the attention of our eyes will focus directly on the content of the frame and creating an automatic attraction to the look, while creating a layer of separation and protection between the artwork and the environment around it.

Can I put a frame on a canvas?

As a canvas has three well-defined dimensions (height, width and depth) it does not necessarily need a frame, because it stands out on its own. But when you add a frame to the canvas, the canvas automatically becomes much more elegant and formal.

If the frame holds the screen, but does not prevent a view of the sides of the screen, we have what we call a floating frame. In cases where the frame surrounds the screen, but does not advance under it, we have a box frame or box-type frame.

We hope this explanation can be useful. Thank you for reading our blog!

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