Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Burgonet of the Guard of Pope Julius III

ca. 1550–55
Italian, Brescia
Steel, gold, brass
L. 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm); W. 9 in. (22.8 cm); H. 13 in. (33 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 14 oz. (1758 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
Not on view
The medallions decorating each side show a profile portrait of Pope Julius III (Giovanni Maria del Monte, 1487–1555, elected pope in 1550). This helmet is a precursor to the Brescian-made armor traditionally worn by the Papal Swiss Guard beginning in the late sixteenth century, versions of which are still worn by the Papal Guard today.
Ex coll.: Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, duc de Dino, Paris
Houston. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "The Lively Arts of the Renaissance," January 15–February 21, 1960, no. 71.

Flint. Flint Institute of Arts. "The Art of the Armorer," December 7, 1967–April 1, 1968, no. 25.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Helmets 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection," January 25, 2000–December 30, 2001, no. 33.

Rochester, N.Y. Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. "Renaissance Remix: Art & Imagination in 16th-century Europe," June 1, 2012–June 26, 2016 no catalog.

Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet d'Armes de Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. p. 35, no. B. 31, pl. 9.

Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of European Arms and Armor. Metropolitan Museum of Art Handbook, Vol. 15. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1905. p. 113, fig. 49D.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles A. de Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. IV. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1920–1922. pp. 164–165, fig. 1243.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Lively Arts of the Renaissance. Houston, Tex.: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1960. cat. no. 71 (described).

Flint Institute of Arts and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Art of the Armorer. Flint, Mich., 1967. no. 25, ill.

Boccia, Lionello G., and Museo Civico Medievale di Bologna. L'Armeria del Museo Civico Medievale di Bologna. Busto Arsizio, Italy: Bramante Editrice, 1991. p. 61.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, Francis Henry Cripps-Day, and Claude Blair. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. 4. Cambridge: Ken Trotman Ltd., 2000. pp. 164–165, fig. 1243.

Pyhrr, Stuart W. European Helmets, 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jan 25, 2000 - Dec 30, 2000. pp. 4, 24,cat. no. 33, ill.

"catalogo della mostra a cura di Maria Gulia Barberini." In l'Elmo Lucente : dal XV al XIX secolo nella Collezione Odescalchi. Rome: Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia, Rome, December 16, 2003–January 16, 2004. p. 31, no. 53, ill.

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