To mark the month of December, ChasingART traveled virtually to The National Gallery to view Stories of Gold. This marvelous collection of videos came out in 2017 to celebrate this special time of year.
The final video in the Gold at Christmas series explores the use of gold the 14th and 15th centuries.
During the 14th Century and Early Renaissance, the use of gold in painting reached its peak. Not only did gold add an element of grandeur and luxury to the painting, but this precious metal also infused a deeper symbolism. Artists such as Andrea Mantegna, Jacopo di Cione, and Nardo di Cione used gold to represent the divine, bringing a spiritual element to their works. Gold was also used to convey the idea of eternity and everlasting life.
Gold was also used to convey the idea of eternity and everlasting life.
This spiritual symbolism and its connection to the divine made gold a highly sought-after material in Early Renaissance painting. The use of gold can be seen in the works of Andrea Mantegna and his circle as well as in the works of the brothers Nardo di Cione and Jacopo di Cione, who often used gold to create intricate patterns and backdrops.
The paintings of the 14th Century and Early Renaissance were full of gold leaf and gilding, which brought a richness and texture to the works that is not seen in other periods.