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Portions of a Costume Armor

Armorer:
Kolman Helmschmid (German, Augsburg 1471–1532)
Date:
ca. 1525
Geography:
Augsburg
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Steel, gold
Dimensions:
H. 27 in. (68.6 cm); W. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Classification:
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Backplate and rump: Gift of Bashford Dean, 1924; vambraces: Mrs. Stephen V. Harkness Fund, 1926; top lames of vambraces: Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929
Accession Number:
24.179; 26.188.1, .2; 29.158.363a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
This armor reproduces in steel the extravagant puffed and slashed costume of the German Landsknechte (mercenary infantry troops). The matching pieces are preserved in the Musée de l'Armée, Paris. Coming from the Radziwill armory in Nesvizh in present-day Belarus, this armor may have been made for Jerzy Herkules Radziwill (1480–1541), a powerful Polish nobleman.
Ex. coll.: backplate and rump: Radziwill armory, Nesvizh, Belarus; Pollak and Winterwitz, Vienna; Alfred Juritzki-Warburg, Krystall-Verlag, Vienna; Bashford Dean, New York.
Laking, Guy Francis, Sir, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms through Seven Centuries. Vol. 3. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1920. pp. 254–65, ill.

Christie, Manson & Woods. Fine Armour. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, June 29, 1926. p. 8, no. 60, ill. (puffed sleeves only).

Dean, Bashford. "Puffed and Slashed Armor of 1525." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (November 1926). pp. 260–64, ill.

B. S. "Notes from London." The American Magazine of Art 17, no. 10 (October 1926). pp. 554–55, ill.

Dean, Bashford. "Recent Accessions in the Armor Department." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 23, no. 1 (January 1928). p. 24.

Closs, G. Adolf Cf. "Der Harnisch der Uebergangszeit von der Gotik zur Renaissance (1495–1520)." Zeitschrift für Historische Waffen- und Kostümkunde 3 (1930). pp. 145–51 (armors with puffed and slashed ornamentation discussed).

Grancsay, Stephen V. "The Mutual Influence of Costume and Armor: A Study of Specimens in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum Studies 3, no. 2 (June 1931). pp. 194–208, fig. 11.

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. pp. 77–80, no. 8, pl. XVII–XVIII.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Historical Armor: A Picture Book. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 2, pl. 14.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Historical Armor: A Picture Book. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1946. p. 2, pl. 14.

Grancsay, Stephen V. "The Interrelationships of Costume and Armor." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 8, no. 6 (February 1950). pp. 183, 186, ill.

Thomas, Bruno. "Portions of the Rogendorf Armour in the Wallace Collection." The Burlington Magazine 92, no. 567 (June 1950). pp. 173–74.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Historical Armor: A Picture Book. 3rd ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1951. p. 2, pl. 14.

Thomas, Bruno. "Der Wiener Prunkharnisch des Wilhelm von Rogendorf." Das Antiquariat 8 (1952). pp. 84–86.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Historical Armor: A Picture Book. 4th ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1957. p. 2, pl. 14.

Thomas, Bruno. Gesammelte Schriften Zur Historischen Waffenkunde: [überarb. Nachdr. Von 88 in Fachzeitschriften U. Einzelpublikationen Ersch. Abhandlungen Des Autors]. Vol. 2. Graz: Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, 1977. pp. 1157–62, 1163–70.

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer 1991). pp. 18, 64, ill.

Krause, Stefan. "Der Augusburger Druckgraphiker Daniel Hopfer (1471–1536) als Waffendekorateur." Jahrbuch des Kunsthistorischen Museums Wien 15–16 (2013). p. 67, n. 89.



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