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2015
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All that glitters is not gold: silver leaf gilding, another means to an end

Tiago Dias1,2,3,*, Elsa Murta2, Cristina Barrocas Dias3, Vítor Serrão1

1 ARTIS-IHA-FLUL - Instituto de História da Arte da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

2 Laboratório José Figueiredo, Direção-Geral do Património Cultural, Portugal

3 Laboratório Hercules, Universidade de Évora, Portugal

* tiago.dias.mail@gmail.com

Abstract

Complementing carved wood altarpieces and sculptures, the use of metallic leaves became paradigmatic of Portuguese religious ambiences during the 17th and 18th centuries. Although gold has always been favoured, alternative techniques to attain the desired golden lustre were developed simultaneously, mainly with the use of white metallic leaves covered with coloured glazes. Written historic references, present in various technical art texts, indicate that these imitation gildings have been a long time practice. Seldom mentioned, the silvering part of the process is generically described as identical to gilding, while much more attention is given to the golden glazes to be applied over the silvered surface, allowing for their material and technical evolution to be followed. Based on a survey of these historical references, an outline on these developments and the associated terminology is made, keeping in mind that the silver leaf's white glitter also shone on its own right.

Keywords

Prateamento
Douramento
Folha de prata
Verniz dourado
Douradura

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English

DOI

10.14568/cp2015014

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Conservar Património:
Dias, T.; Murta, E.; Dias, C. B.; Serrão, V., 'All that glitters is not gold: silver leaf gilding, another means to an end', Conservar Património 22 (2015) 29-40, https://doi.org/10.14568/cp2015014.

APA:
Dias, T., Murta, E., Dias, C. B., & Serrão, V. (2015). All that glitters is not gold: silver leaf gilding, another means to an end. Conservar Património, 22 29-40. DOI:10.14568/cp2015014.

Chicago:
Dias, Tiago, Elsa Murta, Cristina Barrocas Dias, and Vítor Serrão. 2015. "All that glitters is not gold: silver leaf gilding, another means to an end." Conservar Património 22:29-40. doi:10.14568/cp2015014.

NP405:
DIAS, Tiago [et al.] – All that glitters is not gold: silver leaf gilding, another means to an end. Conservar Património. [Em linha]. 22 (2015) 29-40 [Consult. ]. Disponível em WWW: <URL:https://doi.org/10.14568/cp2015014>. ISSN 21829942.

ABNT:
DIAS, Tiago et al. All that glitters is not gold: silver leaf gilding, another means to an end. Conservar Património, Lisboa, v. 22, p. 29-40, 2015. Disponível em: <https://doi.org/10.14568/cp2015014>. Acesso em: .

History

Received: 2015-7-10
Revised: 2015-11-18
Accepted: 2015-12-21
Online: 2015-12-30
Publication: 2016-1-27

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