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Gold is perfection

Paul Klee said: ‘Art does not reproduce what is visible; it makes visible what you cannot see’. Have you ever asked yourself why gold is so prominent in art? Simply because it is precious? Is there a deeper meaning? As a symbol of perfection, it represented the sun, the absolute cosmic principle. That’s why it was chosen: to represent the regality of a God or a ruler.
Our journey in Milan starts in the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio. First we go right, to the side chapel in Ciel d’Oro (a golden sky), and then we lead you to the spectacular golden altar. Following we admire artisan religious jewellery, the sacred medieval scenes on a gold background and the golden chapel of the Univesità Cattolica. Fast forward in time and we end with the golden tower of the Fondazione Prada: entirely coated with gold leaf. The architect Rem Koolhaas performed a magic alchemy. He converted an old distillery on the outskirts of the city into a cultural centre, that has become the neighbourhood attraction. The perfect end to the day? Risotto alla milanese: rice flavoured with precious saffron that turns its colour gold.
2018
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Photo by Emanuela Colombo, Beatrice Costa, Elisabetta Gavazzi, Elena Artoni, Rossano Valeri
 

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