Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Elements of a Light-Cavalry Armor

Date:
ca. 1510
Geography:
Milan
Culture:
Italian, Milan
Medium:
Steel, gold, copper alloy
Dimensions:
Wt. 19 lb. 13 oz. (8987 g)
Classification:
Armor for Man-1/2 Armor
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.716b–f
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
This is a rare example of Italian armor decorated with fluted surfaces in the German fashion. Its etched and richly gilt decoration is derived from Christian symbolism and the Bible. The band across the top of the breastplate depicts the Virgin and Child in the center, Saint Paul on the right, and Saint George on the left. A Latin inscription below reads, CHRISTVS RES VENIT IN PACE ET DEVS HOMO FACTVS ES (Christ the King came in peace and God was made man). Another inscription, across the top of the backplate, reads, IESVS AVTEM TRANSIENS PERMEDIVM ILORVM IBAT. (But Jesus passing through their midst went his way [Luke 4:30]). The Trinity––Father, Son, and Holy Spirit––is depicted on the front of the gorget (collar).
Inscription: Inscribed on the breastplate: CRISTVS . RES . VENIT . IN . PA/CE . ET . DEVS . HOMO . FACTVS . ES[t] (Christ the King came in peace and God was made man); on the backplate: IESVS . AVTEM . TRANSIENS . PERMEDIVM / ILORVM . IBAT (But Jesus passing through their midst went his way [Luke 4:30]).
Ex coll: de Cosson and Uboldo (No. 30, ill.)
Biorci, D. "nobile de Villareggio, socio onorario di varie accademie e banchiere di Milano." In L'Armeria del Signore C. Ambrogio Uboldo,. Second Edition ed. Milano, 1841.

Biorci, D. "nobile de Villareggio, socio onorario di varie accademie e banchiere di Milano." In L'Armeria del Signore C. Ambrogio Uboldo,. Second Edition ed. Milano, 1841.

Objets d'Art et de Curiositè. Paris: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 21, 1869. lot 30, ill.

Catalogue of the Famous Collection of Armour and Arms Formed by That Well-Known Connoisseur, The Baron de Cosson, F.S.A., Which Has Been On Loan to the South Kensington Museum for the Last Two Years. London: Christie's, London, May 2–3, 1893. p. 18, lot 121, ill. facing p. 18.

Dean, Bashford. Handbook of Arms and Armor, European and Oriental, Including the William H. Riggs Collection. New York: Gilliss Press, January 1915. p. 61, pl. XXVII.

Laking, Guy Francis, Sir, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms through Seven Centuries. Vol. 3. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1920. pp. 248–250, fig. 1035.

Blair, Claude. "The Emperor Maximilian's Gift armour to King Henry VIII and the Silvered and Engraved Armour at the Tower of London." Archaeologia, or, Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity 99 (1965). This armor, attribution to charles de bourbon, said to have been rejected by Cosson, associated helmet identified as modern.

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor From the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer 1991). pp. 17, 64, ill.

Baptiste, Nicolas P., and Catherine Baud. "Princes & Chevaliers (1330–1530)." In Armatus Corpus. Vaud, 2016. pp. 108.



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