Saturday 24 October 2015 to Sunday 24 January 2016
Explore the beauty and symbolism of this precious metal through 60 exquisite works from the Early Bronze Age to the 20th century.
Since it was first worked into decorative forms about 5000 years ago, gold has inspired and appealed to artists around the world. The rarity and incorruptibility of gold – as it does not tarnish – ensure that it has always been associated with the highest status, both earthly and divine.
The versatile nature of gold allows it to be used in a wide variety of ways: beaten into thin leaves which can be applied to furniture or to the pages of illuminated manuscripts, or cast and shaped into cups, boxes and other precious vessels. This exhibition brings together items from across the Royal Collection to celebrate the symbolic power of Gold and its physical use in art.