Gold (color)

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Template:Infobox color Gold is a shade of the color "yellow" closest to that of gold metal. The American HeritageŽ Dictionary defines the color gold as " A light olive-brown to dark yellow, or a moderate, strong to vivid yellow."

Of course the visual sensation usually associated with the metal gold is its metallic shine. This cannot be reproduced by a simple solid color, because the shiny effect is due to the material's brightness varying with the surface's angle to the light source.

This is why in art one would usually use a metallic paint that at least glitters like real gold, as a solid color like that of the box displayed here would not be considered gold. Especially in sacral art in Christian churches, real gold (in form of gold leaf) was used for rendering gold in paintings, e. g. for the halo of saints. Gold can also be woven into sheets of silk to give an east-asian traditional look.

But also more recent art styles, e.g. Art Nouveau liked to use metallic, shining gold color. However, the metallic finish of these paints is added using fine aluminium powder and pigment rather than actual gold.

Gold is a warm color that can both give a bright and cheerful feeling but also a somber and traditional aura. Gold gives the feeling of extravagance. Gold tends to go well with earth colors, but it can also richen a pallet of red or burgundy.

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