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Giovan Paolo Negroli (Italian, Milan ca. 1513–1569)
ca. 1540–45
Italian, Milan
Steel, gold
H. 23 1/4 in. (59.1 cm); W. 16 3/8 in. (41.6 cm)
Armor Parts-Breastplates
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
Formerly part of a parade armor, this breastplate is the only signed work of Giovan Paolo Negroli, a cousin of the more famous Filippo. Now bright, the breastplate's surface originally was russet-colored, and the raised and etched areas were gilded. Its color probably was very similar to that of the close helmet exhibited nearby, which is also attributed to Giovan Paolo.
Inscription: Inscribed on a ribbon-scroll on the lower part of the breastplate: $0 PAVLVS DE NEGROLIS ME FECIT.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
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