Helmet all'Antica

Attributed to Filippo Negroli Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374

Fashioned to resemble a head of tightly curled hair encircled by a wreath of oak leaves, this helmet evokes the appearance of an ancient hero, perhaps a Roman emperor. The reference to the oak (rovere, in Italian) may indicate that the helmet was made for a member of the della Rovere family, dukes of Urbino. The cheek-pieces are probably nineteenth-century restorations.

Helmet all'Antica, Attributed to Filippo Negroli (Italian, Milan ca. 1510–1579), Steel, Italian, Milan

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