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Elements of a Light-Cavalry Armor

Christian Schreiner the Younger (Austrian, Mühlau, recorded 1499–1528)
ca. 1505–10
Austrian, Innsbruck or Mühlau
Steel, leather
H. as mounted approximately 32 in. (81.28 cm); Wt. 21 lb. 7 oz. (9724 g)
Armor for Man-1/2 Armor
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, in honor of Helmut Nickel, 1991
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
This armor is a rare example of the fluted, or "Maximilian," style in its earliest stages. The armor was made in either Mühlau or in neighboring Innsbruck soon after the Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519) established his court armor-making workshop in Innsbruck in 1504. Little is known of its maker, Christian Schreiner the Younger. Few of his works survive, and this is the most complete.

A strong Italian influence is apparent in this armor and in armors of the Innsbruck/Mühlau school in general. They are characterized by full rounded forms and sparing use of surface ornament as opposed to the purely German Gothic style typified by slender proportions and pierced openwork.

Particularly distinctive are the gracefully bold mitten gauntlets, which blend features of late Gothic design with the evolving German Renaissance style.
Art dealer, New York and London (said to have been purchased in Germany around 1986; sold to MMA).
Trapp, Oswald, and James G. Mann. The Armoury of the Castle of Churburg. London: Methuen, 1929. (another armor by Christian Schreiner the Younger is in Churburg Castle).

Thomas, Bruno, and Ortwin Gamber. Die Innsbrucker Plattnerkunst. Innsbruck: Tyrolia Verlag, 1954. p. 62 (Christian Schreiner the Younger, and another armor by him in Churburg Castle, discussed).

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