Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Burgonet of the Guard of Pope Julius III

ca. 1550–55
Italian, Brescia
Steel, gold, brass
L. 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm); W. 9 in. (22.8 cm); H. 13 in. (33 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 14 oz. (1758 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
Not on view
The medallions decorating each side show a profile portrait of Pope Julius III (Giovanni Maria del Monte, 1487–1555, elected pope in 1550). This helmet is a precursor to the Brescian-made armor traditionally worn by the Papal Swiss Guard beginning in the late sixteenth century, versions of which are still worn by the Papal Guard today.
Ex coll.: Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, duc de Dino, Paris
de Cosson, Charles A. Le Cabinet D'Armes de Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Étude Descriptive par le Baron de Cosson. Paris, October 31, 1901. p. 35, no. B. 31, pl. 9.

Dean, Bashford. Catalogue of European Arms and Armor. Metropolitan Museum of Art Handbook, Vol. no. 15. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1905. p. 113, fig. 49D.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles A. de Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. 4. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1921. pp. 164–165, fig. 1243.

The Lively Arts of the Renaissance. Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, January 15–February 21, 1960. no. 71.

The Art of the Armorer. Flint, Mich., December 7, 1967–April 1, 1968. no. 25, ill.

Boccia, Lionello G. L'Armeria del Museo Civico Medievale di Bologna. Busto Arsizio, Italy: Bramante Editrice, 1991. p. 61.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, Francis Henry Cripps-Day, and Claude Blair. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. 4. Cambridge: Ken Trotman Ltd., 2000. pp. 164–165, fig. 1243.

Pyhrr, Stuart W. European Helmets, 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. pp. 4, 24, no. 33, ill.

"catalogo della mostra a cura di Maria Gulia Barberini." In l'Elmo Lucente : dal XV al XIX secolo nella Collezione Odescalchi. Rome: Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia, Rome, December 16, 2003–January 16, 2004. p. 31, no. 53, ill.

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