This opulently designed volume takes readers on a tour of gold in art from the second century to the present. Beginning with a gilded mummy portrait and series of religious-themed gold leaf backgrounds from late Antiquity, the book moves on to the use of gold in medieval art. From the Renaissance, the book presents exemplary interior and decorative arts. But the most extensive focus is on the use of gold in twentieth and twentieth-first-century art with a wide selection of works from, among many others, Willi Baumeister, Georg Baselitz, Victor Vasarely, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Max Weiler, Sylvie Fleury, Franz West, and George Condo. Together, the works demonstrate that, in contemporary art, the use of gold is not limited by theme, form, or style.
From Giandomenico Tiepolo’s grand History of the Porto Family in Vicenza to masterpieces by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Gold—published to accompany a dazzling exhibition at the Belvedere Palace and Museum in Vienna—includes three hundred full-color illustrations documenting one of the most valuable and versatile media used throughout art history.
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About the Author
Agnes Husslein-Arco is an art historian and director of the Belvedere Gallery in Vienna. She is the editor of Rodin and Vienna, also published by Hirmer Publishers. Thomas Zaunschirm is an art historian, writer, and curator of “Gold,” the accompanying exhibition at the Belvedere Palace and Museum.
Table of Contents
Art History of Gold
The Invention of the Gold Ground
The Gold Ground in the Middle Ages: "Don't ask for the meaning, ask for the use!"
Michael Viktor Schwarz
Mutable Gold. Gold in Late-Medieval Retable Art—Thoughts on the works in the Belvedere
Alberti's Gold Ground
The Use of Gold—Symptom of a Paradigm Shift in the Material Aesthetics of the Nineteenth Century?
Gold Leaf and Golden Leaves: on an Unimplemented Idea by Frank Lloyd Wright for Fallingwater
The Lustre of Gold: The Self-staging of a Metal in Art since 1945
The Cultural History of Gold
The Sultan's Vow: "We shall meet again by the Golden Apple"
Apollo's Apartments in Versailles: Decoration in Gold between Material Display and Allegorical Function
Markus A. Castor
Vienna Gold Guide
"All that glitters . . .": Of Orpiment, Chrysotypes and Super-Black
Gold and Gilding Techniques
Gabriela Krist, Eva Putzgruber a.o.
The Themes of the Exhibition by Thomas Zaunschirm
A Short Artistic History of Gold
Seen in the City
Holiness: Triptychs and Haloes
Ground Gold and other Haloes
Artworks: List of exhibited Works
A Word of Thanks