Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Close Helmet

Date:
ca. 1550
Geography:
Milan or Brescia
Culture:
Italian, Milan or Brescia
Medium:
Steel, gold, silver
Dimensions:
H. 11 3/4 in. (29.9 cm); W. 14 in. (35.6 cm); D. 14 in. (35.6 cm); Wt. 6 lb. 14 oz. (3128 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
29.17
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
The fantastic appearance of this helmet, with its visor shaped like a griffin's head and the comb of the bowl raised into the form of a serpent's body, indicates that it was part of an elaborate pageant armor.
Ex. coll.: Ludovico Moscardo, Verona, Italy; Counts Miniscalchi; Counts Erizo, Verona, Italy; Luigi Grassi, Florence, Italy.
Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11–June 6, 1982.

Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," March 11, 1982–June 6, 1982, no. 26.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," March 18–June, 1982, no. 26.

Denver. Denver Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," July 18–October 10, 1982, no. 26.

San Antonio. The Witte Memorial Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 13, 1982–February 5, 1983.

San Antonio. San Antonio Museum of Art. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," November 13, 1982–February 5, 1983, no. 26.

Minneapolis. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 24–July 31, 1983.

Minneapolis. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," May 24–July 31, 1983, no. 26.

San Francisco. de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1983–January 28, 1984.

San Francisco. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," November 5, 1983–January 28, 1984, no. 26.

Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," April 4–June 17, 1984, no. 26.

Verona. Comune di Verona. "Cangrande della Scala. La morte e il corredo di un principe nel medioevo europeo," October 23, 2004–January 23, 2005.

Note Overo Memorie Del Museo Del Conte Lodovico Moscardo Nobile Veronese. Vol. II. Verona: Andrea Rossi, 1672. p. 434.

Miniscalchi, Marco. Catalogo Degli Oggetti Presentati Alla Esposizione D'Arte Antica e Moderna Nella Occasione Della Fiera di Beneficenza. Verona: Stabilimento Tipografico di G. Civelli, February 19–23, 1881. p. 8, no. 50.

American Art Association and Luigi Grassi. Italian Art of the Quattrocento and High Renaissance. New York: American Art Association, January 18–19, 1929. no. 239.

Grancsay, Stephen V. "An Embossed Parade Helmet." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin XIV, no. 8 (August 1929). p. 209.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Helmut Nickel, Stuart W. Pyhrr, Leonid Tarassuk, American Federation of Arts, and Joseph P. Ascherl. The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: An Exhibition. New York: The Federation, 1982. cat. no. 26.



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