Matting and Framing

How you choose to display your copy of Shekhinah is a matter of personal taste and the setting where the picture is hung. does not offer any kind of matting or framing services. What is offered here are some points you may want to consider.

 First of all, allow me to reiterate that what you buy when you buy Shekhinah is not an original work of art; it's a reproduction of the original, which is an oil painting. For some people, whether they are framing original art or reproductions affects their display (presentation) options. If you think that you don't completely understand the differences between original paintings or drawings, original prints, and printed reproductions, I would suggest that you click this link to the page Difference between original prints and reproductions.

You have several display options:

  1. Hang without framing or matting
    The "poster look".  Some people don’t mind it in a certain setting, while others might find it too informal. Posters aren’t very durable, and often aren’t intended to be.
  2. Mat only
    A mat is a cardboard border used either by itself as an inexpensive frame, or as an intermediate material, between the picture and the frame. If you mat your reproduction of Shekhinah, you may either mat it so that the inside border of the mat is on the picture's edge, or you may leave some of the white border of the print showing. This would allow you to display the title Shekhinah, which is printed below the picture. If there is no frame, but only a mat, the outside dimensions of the mat are not crucial.
  3. Frame
    One thing you must consider when framing a picture is customization. A custom frame is simply any frame whose dimensions are specified by the customer or determined by the dimensions of the picture to be framed. Frame shops and other merchants also stock standard frames --- 4x6", 5x7", 8x10", 10x13", 11x14", 16x20", 18x24", etc. The smaller print of Shekhinah is  8.5" x 11", which is usually not a standard size for pictures and frames, but since it is the exact size of a standard piece of business paper, some frames are made with this size. The larger print is 22" x 28", which is a standard size. If you can find a standard frame that you like, it is much cheaper to buy a standard frame. Custom framing is expensive; you pay for your frame stock by the foot, and even a modest-sized frame can run into the $100 - $200 range or higher at a frame shop. Glass, which is customary, is another item that drives up the cost. It is typical for a custom frame to cost more than the reproduction it’s framing.
  4. Mat and frame
    If you bought the larger print of Shekhinah, and framed it with a 28" x 22" frame off the shelf (standard frame), the white border around the picture would be showing. A mat would allow you to cover some or all of this white  border, and the outside dimensions of the mat could be planned to fit either a custom frame with nonstandard dimensions, or a standard frame. Again, the usual practice if someone goes to the trouble of framing something is to also protect it with glass.