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Breastplate

Armorer:
Hans Prunner (Austrian, Innsbruck, recorded 1482–99)
Date:
ca. 1485–95
Geography:
Innsbruck
Culture:
Austrian, Innsbruck
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
H. 19 5/8 in. (49.83 cm); Wt. 6 lb. 8 oz. (2948 g)
Classification:
Armor Parts-Breastplates
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928
Accession Number:
29.150.80
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
This breastplate is by Hans Prunner (recorded 1482–99). The armorers of Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian Tirol, thrived under the patronage of the Habsburg court and produced armor that was internationally renowned for the strength of its steel and the beauty of its form. Located near the border between Austria and Italy, this center produced armor that reflected the influence of north and south, combining the elongated and spiky German Gothic style with that of the rounded and more robust forms preferred in Renaissance Italy.
Innsbruck
Innsbruck. Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum. "Die Innsbrucker Plattnerkunst," June 26–September 30, 1954.

Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Museum of Art. "Songs of Glory: Medieval Art from 900–1500," January 22–April 29, 1985, no. 153.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stephen V. Grancsay, and Carl Otto von Kienbusch. The Bashford Dean Collection of Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Portland, Maine: Southworth Press for the Armor and Arms Club of New York City, 1933.



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