How many times is a good picture lost to bad presentation.
Care and investment in the finish will always pay the artist a dividend in the end. These two panels with classical figures are having brass fillets inserted to act as a raised slip. It is precise and time consuming work to cut and mitre the brass at each corner by hand but the subtle effect adds quality to the piece at once.
Craft is a useful foil to art, here patience, experience and skill combine to deliver an elegance to contain and support the work of art. Art itself is a passion, an effusion of emotional energy that cannot be tied to convention or tradition. There is Art and there is Craft, each so different, each so wonderful, I love them both.