Art/ Collection/ Art Object


ca. 1490–1500
Italian or Flemish
Steel, gold
H. of breastplate, 14 in. (35.6 cm); H. of backplate, 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); W. 12 in. (30.5 cm); Diam. at waist 29 in. (73.7 cm); Diam. 35 in. (88.9 cm); Wt. 10 lb. (4536 g)
Armor Parts-Cuirasses
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
By the end of the fifteenth century, one-piece breastplates had mostly replaced the two-piece Gothic form. The shape of this breastplate, particularly the boldly boxed borders at the neck and arms, is characteristic of the new type created in Italy and emulated in Flanders.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
London. South Kensington Museum. "Exhibition of the de Cosson Collection," 1891–93 (no cat.).

Christie, Manson & Woods. Armour and Arms, or, Catalogue of the Famous Collection of Armour and Arms Formed by That Well-Known Connoisseur, The Baron de Cosson, F.S.A., Which Has Been On Loan to the South Kensington Museum for the Last Two Years. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, May 2–3, 1893. p. 34, no. 220.

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