Gold: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection

The Holburne Museum

24 October 2015 – 24 January 2016

£4 with National Art Pass (standard entry £8.50)

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Opulent gold items dating from the Bronze Age to the 20th century are used to explore the myriad of uses of this rare and precious and metal.

Tiger’s head from the throne of Tipu Sultan

Beaten into thin leaves and applied to furniture and illuminated manuscripts, or cast and shaped into cups and boxes, gold has been put to use by artists in many different ways since it was first worked into decorative form over 5000 years ago. Not only is it a rare and precious material, it is incorruptible as it does not tarnish, leading it to become associated with the earthly and divine.

This exhibition in Bath brings together series of items from the impressive Royal Collection that celebrate the symbolic power of Gold and the way it has been used in art.

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun and Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)