Discover in this book how gold was used in art since ancient civilizations to modern times.
The Shimmering Story of Gold
Gold, more than a metal, the most shimmering and lively colour. The most noble of the metals, and the most universally cherished one, a chemical element with the symbol Au, it is one of the natural elements with the highest atomic number (79). Shiny, with warm orange and reddish underlying hues, it is a soft and malleable metal, that can be found in its natural form as nuggets or grains, in riverbeds, below the surface (in the ground), and in rocks.
Gold has been used since it was discovered in the Middle East (before 6000 BCE), throughout all the arts, places and times (beyond jewelry). Its rarity, brightness and malleability, proved very attractive to artists all over the world, and from all moments in time, whether they sought the use of the real metal, or if they looked for a similar yellow shimmering finish. Here we explore how gold was used in art since ancient civilizations to modern times.