Description: acrylic: imitation gold leaf, ultramarine blue, & alizerin crimson on watercolor paper. distressed.
In pre renaissanse painting, gold leaf was made by beating gold coins until they were as thin as a layer of paint and used as halos of saints. The Modonna was clad in pigments made from finely crushed lapis lazuli which was at that time the only thing more precious than gold. This helped to convey the virgin's ultimate "value" to Christians as the "Queen of Heaven"