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Gold - named in Latin after the first light of the day - is associated with the festive season. It reappears throughout this Artvent calendar as a material used widely not just for its material value but as a symbolic element that reflects light and brightens interiors. Today we take a look brief look at gold in art with Accredited Lecturer Alexandra Epps.


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What a lovely surprise to open today’s link and find Alex and gold! It was a joy to see and listen to!
Thank you so much

Lynne Hurst Sat, 04/12/2021 - 14:28 Permalink

Super cheery and engaging.

Anonymous Sat, 04/12/2021 - 13:54 Permalink

I am really enjoying these daily talks. I loved today’s about gold. Looking forward to the rest.

Sue Cottiss Sat, 04/12/2021 - 13:17 Permalink

Many thanks to Alexandra for her warm and golden talk.

Niki Sat, 04/12/2021 - 13:13 Permalink

A gleaming 4th day

Such a brilliant idea for Advent.

Sue Sat, 04/12/2021 - 12:31 Permalink

Thank you for Day 4, the 'gold' talk was great!

Carol Caiger Sat, 04/12/2021 - 12:23 Permalink

The golden lecture cheered me up no end. It worked as well as my SAD lamp which I had forgotten to turn on this morning as I checked my emails. Thank you very much - I am loving this Artvent Calendar.

Janet Sat, 04/12/2021 - 11:45 Permalink

Loving Artvent in the run up to this Christmas. Brilliant idea. A wonderful escape and a little bit of me time each day. Coffee and a mince pie whilst clicking another Artvent day......perfect! Thank you

Anna Sat, 04/12/2021 - 10:43 Permalink

A very seasonal and cheering cameo. Very good. Thanks

David Yates Sat, 04/12/2021 - 10:15 Permalink

Love the Gold talk today, very beautiful and uplifting, thank you.

Bridget Sat, 04/12/2021 - 10:01 Permalink