H. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm); W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); D. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); Wt. without burgonet 1 lb. 2 oz. (499 g)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1922
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
This buffe belongs to a burgonet also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 04.3.217). The medallions on either side of the helmet bowl are embossed with scenes from Greek mythology depicting the Battle of Centaurs and Lapiths, a popular subject in Renaissance art. The compositions derive in part from design by Rosso Fiorentino (1494–1540), one of the Italian artists called to Fontainebleau to work for the French court. Probably made for Henry II of France (reigned 1547–59), the helmet passed as a diplomatic gift to the Medici court in Florence later in the sixteenth century. It is illustrated in a portrait of Cosimo II de' Medici (1590–1621), grand duke of Tuscany, in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 22.150).
Ex. coll.: Mr. Smart; Frederick Peter Seguier, London; William Newall, Rickmansworth, England.
Artist: Part of the decoration design by Jean Cousin the Elder (French, Souci (?) ca. 1490–ca. 1560 Paris (?))Date: ca. 1555Medium: Steel, gold, silver, leather, textileAccession: 39.121a–nOn view in:Gallery 374