Gold in Paintings | Gold | National Gallery

Journey through the Gallery’s collection to learn how artists such as Andrea Mantegna and Duccio applied gold to their paintings and explore the different gilding techniques used in works such as ‘The Wilton Diptych’ and ‘The San Pier Maggiore Altarpiece’, with our Curatorial, Scientific and Conservation departments.

Gold shines bright throughout the National Gallery’s collection, being used to depict glittering jewellery, extravagant fabrics and golden gifts with gold leaf featuring in both the paintings and the frames themselves. This festive season, go behind the scenes at the Gallery to explore how and why artists have used gold throughout the collection with our Gold film series.

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The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. The museum is free of charge and open 361 days per year, daily between 10.00 am – 6.00 pm and on Fridays between 10.00 am – 9.00 pm.

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