BIGGEST 22 CARAT GOLD LEAF PAINTING EVER MADE

BIGGEST 22 CARAT GOLD LEAF PAINTING EVER MADE

In recent years, B-art has been busy realizing the largest 22 karat gold leaf painting ever made. Gold leaf is very intensive to work with. It is wafer thin making it difficult to position everything correctly. The painting consists of 5 layers of gold leaf with each layer consisting of more than 500+ leaves of gold leaf. In this way, nothing at all can be seen of the canvas.

WHY A PAINTING FULL OF GOLD 

"Over the past few years I have delved into incorporating 22 Karat gold leaf into my artworks. Besides my paintings from the Monochrome series, I have been working on this masterpiece. I like to work large. I am very proud of the result. Gold has a luxuriously expensive appearance, which it is after all."

GOLD LEAF FACTS

Gold leaf is gold that has been hammered to a thickness of 0.0001 mm, with the hammering still largely done manually. To produce a metal sheet of a tenth of a micrometer thick, an alloy with high formability is needed. Gold leaf usually consists of an alloy with one or more other metals such as titanium, silver and copper. A piece of gold is rolled, or in some cases hammered manually, until a thin sheet remains. This leaf is then cut into pieces. Then gold sheets of about 10 × 10 cm are alternately stacked with tissue paper into a package and hammered out until a certain, fixed amount protrudes, which is removed. This stacking and hammering continues until the desired thickness is obtained, which is determined by weighing. A kilogram of gold can be rolled so thin that it has an area of ​​two tennis courts (500 m2).

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