Framed wall artwork has a history of appearing in many different places across the world, and some of the most iconic examples have been found in Japan.
From a collection of Japanese paintings, such as the one featured here, to paintings in the United States, the art world has a wealth of framed artwork to choose from.
But for a lot of us, framing is more than just a way to hang your work.
Framed art can be an important tool to help create a sense of space, convey information, or give context to a scene.
Here are some of our favorite framed wall pieces.
The Statue of Liberty at the Brooklyn Navy Yard 2.
A framed portrait of President George W. Bush by the New York Public Library 3.
A portrait of the former President by the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC 4.
A painting by artist Paul Ruggiero of a painting by Paul Gauguin, a French painter and artist who studied under both Louis XIV and Louis XVI, on the wall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, circa 1870 5.
A mural of a horse on the back of a motorcycle by artist George H. W. Allen, Jr., on the front wall of a studio in Manhattan 6.
A signed photo by artist Daniel Lai on a framed piece of artwork by French artist Jean Nouvel, which hangs in the Metropolitan Opera House in New Amsterdam, New York 7.
A piece by artist Robert Gagnon of a portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat, the American artist whose works influenced a generation of artists, on a wall at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Los Angeles 8.
An art piece by painter David Rizzo of the works of British artist Philip Johnson, titled “The Man in the Mirror,” on a painting in the New Yorker collection 9.
A sculpture by artist John M. Schmitz of a photograph of a woman holding a bouquet of flowers, on one of a series of portraits of prominent women in the American art community, on display at the New Museum in New Orleans, on March 14, 2018, in the city of New Orleans 10.
A sign by artist William O. Wilson of the words “We’re all human” on a mural by American artist Jim Wallace, located on a building in New Bedford, Massachusetts, which is on display for the first time in more than 50 years.
A photograph of the American poet John Steinbeck and his wife, Alice, at their home in Washington D.C. 12.
An image of a man wearing a cowboy hat and a bow tie in a painting of John Steinbok, the artist who painted the first American novel, “The Grapes of Wrath,” on the side of a building at the Museum of the Moving Image in Philadelphia 13.
A series of painted murals by American photographer William Mollison on a street in Brooklyn, New Jersey, which were taken in 1884, depicting a variety of characters in a world filled with crime and violence.
A collage of paintings by French painter Georges Seurat on the walls of a French museum in Paris, which are on display as part of the Louvre Collection, in Paris.
A work by Dutch artist Egon Schiele on the entrance to the French Embassy in New Haven, Connecticut, on February 21, 2019.
An engraving of an original painting by American painter George Wacker by French architect Claude Poussin, which sits on a bench in the lobby of the French embassy in Washington.
A pair of frames of artist James Gillies’ painting “The Garden of Eden” by artist Thomas Merton on a canvas in the Museum for the Performing Arts in Chicago, Illinois, which was recently acquired by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and is on view at the museum from March 20 to March 27, 2019, in Chicago.
A collection of framed works by French artists, including one by Jean Nouvrier and one by Michel Lumière, which hang in the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Paris from August 21, 2018.
A wall mural by Belgian artist Joachim Hermans, who was born in Belgium and died in Paris in 1993, on an exhibit at the Uffizi Gallery in Rome from May 23 to July 21, 2020.
A canvas by German artist Hans Ritter, whose works were found in the cellar of a house in Paris during a burglary, on which is a photograph by artist Joaquim Levy, which has been on display in the Galleria Nacional in Madrid, Spain, since August 23, 2019 21.
A photo of a young girl holding a portrait of herself, in an art installation by American illustrator William A. Smith, on walls of the exhibition “The New Yorker: Artist’s View of the World,” on display from October 10 to October 25, 2019