Ornate frames have been a standard in picture framing for centuries. Over time the designs and finishes in which ornate frames were made became as varied as the time periods and artistic movements that inspired them. During the Renaissance the French and Italians developed the classic ornate frames that adorn many of the world's great paintings. These frames were typically finished bright gold which glows in low light and allowed the frames to stand out in dimly lit rooms before electricity. The Flemish masters used wide dark frames with simpler ornamentation finished in rich wood tones and ebony. The Spanish painters used heavily antiqued ornate frames with elaborate, deep relief ornamentation. We offer a comprehensive selection of ornate frames from ½" wide to over 6" wide in an array of styles and finishes.