Attributed to Filippo Negroli (Italian, Milan ca. 1510–1579)
H. 11 1/4 in. (85 cm); W. 8 1/4 in. (20.9 cm); D. 9 in. (22.7 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 2 oz. (964 g)
Rogers Fund, 1904
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
Fashioned to resemble a head of tightly curled hair encircled by a wreath of oak leaves, this helmet evokes the appearance of an ancient hero, perhaps a Roman emperor. The reference to the oak (rovere, in Italian) may indicate that the helmet was made for a member of the della Rovere family, dukes of Urbino. The cheek-pieces are probably nineteenth-century restorations.
Ex. coll.: Mariano Fortuny, Barcelona, Spain (also Madrid, Rome); Basilewski, Paris; Eugene Piot, Paris; Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris.