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Breastplate

Armorer:
Giovan Paolo Negroli (Italian, Milan ca. 1513–1569)
Date:
ca. 1540–45
Geography:
Milan
Culture:
Italian, Milan
Medium:
Steel, gold
Dimensions:
W. 16 3/8 in. (41.6 cm); H. 23 1/4 in. (59.1 cm)
Classification:
Armor Parts-Breastplates
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1855
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
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.
Manchester. Exhibition Building, Manchester. "Art Treasures Exhibition," May 5–October 17, 1857.

South Kensington Museum. "Special Exhibition of Works of Art of the Medieval, Renaissance and More Recent Periods," June, 1862.

Paris. Palais des Armées de Terre et de Mer. "Exposition Universelle Internationale de 1900," April 14–November 12, 1900.

Detroit. The Detroit Institute of Arts. "Decorative Arts of the Italian Renaissance, 1400–1600," November 18, 1958–January 4, 1959.

Magniac, Hollingworth, and Christie's, London. The Renowned Collection of Works of Art, Chiefly Formed by the Late Hollingwoth Magniac (also Known As the Colworth Collection). London: William Clowes, July 2–4, 1892. no. 1044.

Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916.

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.

Dean, Bashford, and Robert T. Nichol. Handbook of Arms and Armor: European and Oriental, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, edited by Stephen V. Grancsay. 4th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 1930. fig. 82.

Thomas, Bruno, and Ortwin Gamber. "L'arte Milanese Dell'armatura." Storia di Milano XI (1958). p. 793, ill.

Aroldi, Aldo M. Armi e Armature Italiane Fino Al XVIII Secolo. Milano: Bramante Editrice, 1961.

Davis, Frank. "The Royal Navy's Darkest Hour." Country Life 136 (April 23, 1964).

Boccia, Lionello G., and Eduardo T. Coelho. L'arte Della̓rmatura in Italia. Milano: Bramante Editrice, 1967.

Boccia, Lionello G., and s.n.??. "Le Armature dei Negroli." IIOIEIN (Poiein), Quaderni di Cultura Artistica (FMR) 6 (1993).



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