Materials & Techniques

Gilding (Metalwork)

Process involving the surface application of gold or another metal in the form of leaf, powder applied directly to the surface, powder mixed with a binder, electroplating, or other forms to approximate the effect of solid or inlaid metal.

The process of covering paintings, sculptures, or architectural decorations with a coat of gold leaf.

Adapted from:

From the Glossary in Ken Kelsey, Gail Davitt, Carolyn Johnson, Cecilia Leach, Diane McClure, and Catherine Proctor,The Reves Collection at the Dallas Museum of Art, Teaching Packet, 1995.

Web Resources

  • Khan Academy
    Watch a short video that demonstrates the creation of an ancient Roman silver cup, including repoussé, chasing, and gilding.