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Infantry Armor

Armorer:
Upper plate of the gorget, skirt lames, and cheek pieces made by Daniel Tachaux (French, 1857–1928, active in France and America) in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Armor Workshop
Date:
dated 1571; upper plate of the gorget, skirt lames, and cheek pieces, 1917
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Steel, leather, brass
Dimensions:
Wt. 33 lb. 11 oz. (15.28 kg)
Classification:
Armor for Man-1/2 Armor
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
16.154.2a–l
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
The open-faced burgonet and the absence of a lance rest identify this as an armor for infantry or light cavalry use. The quality of its construction and decoration indicates that it was probably intended for an officer. Infantry armed with swords, pikes, or handguns played an increasingly important role in military tactics throughout the sixteenth century.

The decoration of this armor typifies that used most frequently in Italy from about 1550 to about 1590. The bands of ornament are filled with classically inspired trophies of armor, musical instruments, and masks. By the 1570s, however, the individual designs had become so stylized that they became almost unrecognizable. Dated examples of this type of armor are rare.
Inscription: Etched in a cartouche in the central vertical band on the breastplate: 1571.
Ex. coll.: Count Bernandini, Lucca, Italy; Elia Volpi, Davanzati Palace, Florence.
Hagerstown. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 27–March 31, 1955.

Newark. Newark Museum Association. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 15–September 15, 1955.

Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916. p. 38.

Aroldi, Aldo M. Armi e Armature Italiane Fino Al XVIII Secolo. Milano: Bramante Editrice, 1961. fig. 147.

Boccia, Lionello G., and Eduardo T. Coelho. L'Arte dell'Armatura in Italia. Milano: Bramante Editrice, 1967. pp. 336, 369–370; pl. 335.



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