Formerly part of a parade armor, this breastplate is the only signed work of Giovan Paolo Negroli, a cousin of the more famous Filippo. Now bright, the breastplate's surface originally was russet-colored, and the raised and etched areas were gilded. Its color probably was very similar to that of the close helmet exhibited nearby, which is also attributed to Giovan Paolo.
Inscription: Inscribed on a ribbon-scroll on the lower part of the breastplate: $0 PAVLVS DE NEGROLIS ME FECIT.
Ex. coll.: Hollingworth Magniac, Colworth, Bedford, England; William H. Riggs, Paris, France.
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