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Close Helmet

Armorer:
Attributed to Wolfgang Grosschedel (German, Landshut, active ca. 1517–62)
Date:
ca. 1560
Geography:
Landshut
Culture:
German, Landshut
Medium:
Steel, leather, copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm); W. 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm); D. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm); Wt. 11 lb. 3.1 oz. (5077.4 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.267a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
Grosschedel, Landshut’s most renowned armorer of the mid-sixteenth century, fulfilled many commissions for both the German and the Spanish branches of the Hapsburg family. The decoration of this helmet is very similar to that of a large garniture made by Grosschedel for King Philip II of Spain (1513–1579) about 1560. It also resembles the decoration on a large series of armors that Grosschedel and others made for Emperor Ferdinand I (1503–1564) and his son, Maximilian II (1527–1576, Emperor from 1564) for use in a large tournament held in Vienna in 1560. It is not known to which commission the helmet originally belonged.
Ex. coll.: Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris.
Spitzlberger, Georg. Landshuter Plattnerkunst, Ein überblick mit Katalog der Ausstellung, vom 14. Juni bis 20. Juli 1975, täglich 9–17 Uhr, im Deutschen Saal der Stadtresidenz. Landshut: K. Möginger, June 14–July 20, 1975. pp. 31, 67, no. 43, pl. 31.



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