An exquisite presentation book, in its own gold binding and slipcase, celebrating the most precious substance known to history Draws on the Royal Collection’s holdings of gold boxes, paintings, miniatures, gilded furniture, fine bindings, drawings in and on gold, and jewellery to explore the symbolic power and uses of gold across the artistic, the secular and the divine


ISBN: 9781909741102 Category:

Lauren Porter


From time immemorial, monarchs have used gold to symbolise their status and power, and artists to evoke the divine. This book explores the use of gold in art and the exploitation of its worth and rarity to promote messages of authority, immortality and wealth. ‘Divinity’ looks at the importance of gold in devotional art; ‘Power’ examines the role of gold in the imagery of power, and ‘Art’ presents the precious, reflective and indestructible quality of gold, and ends the book with a selection of gold boxes, FabergĂ©, jewellery, gold lacquer, the fourthousand- year-old Rillaton gold cup and drawings in gold paint by Edward Burne-Jones.

Additional information

Weight 882 g
Dimensions 22.3 x 22.8 cm
Publisher name Royal Collection Trust
Publication date 12 January 2015
Number of pages 120
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.3 x 22.8 cm
Weight 882 g