Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Breastplate (Kastenbrust)

ca. 1450
H. 16 in. (40.6 cm); W. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm); D. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); Wt. 5 lb. 4.4 oz. (2392.7 g)
Armor Parts-Breastplates
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928
Accession Number:
Not on view
Although it was in wide use across Europe by the early fifteenth century, very little plate armor survives from that period. This breastplate is one of the earliest German examples in existence. It is almost identical to the breastplate on a statue of Emperor Friedrich III (1415–1493), dated 1453, and represents the latest innovation in German armor design and technology of the time. Unfortunately, it is not known where Dean acquired this piece.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department," October 2, 2012–October 13, 2014.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1953. p. 12, no. 13.

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