The man's armor, dating from about 1575, is part of a small garniture that included exchange elements for the battlefield and reinforcing pieces for the tournament. The breastplate is a restoration.
The horse armor, dating from about 1560, is one of the few complete examples of its period to be preserved. It comes from the armory of the counts Collalto at the castle of San Salvatore, near Treviso, where it was presumably kept from the late sixteenth until the early twentieth century. The bands of etched ornament include classically inspired trophies of arms and armor and musical instruments. These were standard decorative motifs on Italian armor of the period, but here, they are depicted with much more precision, on a larger scale, and in far greater detail and variety than usual. The high quality of the horse armor and its elaborate decoration indicate that it must have belonged to a leading member of the Collalto family, perhaps Collatino Collalto (1523–1569), who was famous both as a soldier and as a man of letters.
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Title:Armor for Man and Horse
Date:man's armor, ca. 1575 and later; horse armor, ca. 1560 and later
Ex. coll.: Man's armor: D. A. Kuhn; William H. Riggs, Paris; horse armor and stirrups: Castle of the Counts of Collalto in Treviso, Italy; S. Wendlinger, Austria; spurs: Ernest de Rozière; Wagner; saddle: Maréschal, Marquis de Pérignon (1754–1818); Jules Amen, Toulouse; William H. Riggs, Paris.man's armor (14.25.717a, c–r), saddle (14.25.1653), spurs (14.25.1720a, b): William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Paris. Palais du Trocadéro. "Exposition Universelle de 1878: L'Exposition Historique du Trocadéro," May 1–October 31, 1878 (14.25.717a–r).
Indianapolis. Indianapolis Museum of Art. "Treasures from the Metropolitan," October 25, 1970–January 3, 1971, no. 33 (14.25.717a, c–r, .1720; 21.139.2a–h, .9–.10).
Seattle, Wash. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11, 1982–June 6, 1982, no. 19a.
Denver, Colo. Denver Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 18–October 10, 1982, no. 19a.
San Antonio, Tex. Witte Museum of the San Antonio Museum Association. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 13, 1982–February 5, 1983, no. 19a.
Minneapolis, Minn. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 24–July 31, 1983, no. 19a.
San Francisco. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1983–January 28, 1984, no. 19a.
Detroit, Mich. Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 4–June 17, 1984, no. 19a.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Man And The Horse," December 3, 1984–September 1, 1985 (14.25.717a, c–r, .1653; 21.139.2, .9–.10).
Bréban, Philibert. Livret-Guide du Visiteur à l'Exposition Historique du Trocadéro, edited by E. Dentu. Paris, 1878. p. 72 (14.25.717).
Dean, Bashford. "Two Horse Panoplies in the Armor Galleries." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (September 1922), pp. 190–93, frontispiece, ill.
Nickel, Helmut. Warriors and Worthies: Arms and Armor Through the Ages. New York: Atheneum, 1969. p. 72, ill.
Indianapolis Museum of Art. Treasures from the Metropolitan: Catalogue of the Inaugural Exhibition of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, October 25, 1970–January 3, 1971, edited by Carl J. Weinhardt Jr. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1970. p. 46, no. 33, ill. (14.25.717a, c–r, .1720a, b; 27.139.2a–h, .9, .10).
Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: eine kulturhistorische Waffenkunde mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 127, ill.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Helmut Nickel, Stuart W. Pyhrr, Leonid Tarassuk, and American Federation of Arts. The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: An Exhibition. New York: The Federation, 1982. pp. 54–55, 57, no. 19a, b, ill.
Mackay-Smith, Alexander, Jean L. Druesedow, and Thomas Ryder. Man and the Horse: An Illustrated History of Equestrian Apparel. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1984. p. 16, ill.
Barocchi, Paola, and Giovanna Gaeta Bertalà. "Ipotesi per un Museo nel Palazzo del Podestà tra il 1858 e il 1865." Studi e Ricerche di Collezionismo e Museografia Firenze 1820–1920 (1985), pp. 321–325 (14.25.717).
Boccia, Lionello G., and José-A. Godoy. Museo Poldi Pezzoli: Armeria I, edited by Carlo Pirovano. Vol. 5. 1 ed. Milan: Electa, 1985. pp. 77–78, no. 10, fig. 26 (14.25.717a–r; a similar helmet, as part of a composed armor).
Passolunghi, Pier Angelo. Archivio per Susegana. Susegana [Italy]: Amministrazione comunale, Biblioteca comunale, 1985. (the Castle of S. Salvatore and the Counts of Collalto discussed).
Passolunghi, Pier Angelo. Catalogo per Susegana. Susegana [Italy]: Amministrazione comunale, Biblioteca comunale, 1989. pp. 265–67, pl. 85 (21.139.2a–h).
Passolunghi, Pier Angelo. La Barriera Fatta nel Castello di S. Salvatore: Descritta per Giovanni dalla Torre nell'Anno 1599. Susegana [Italy]: Amministrazione comunale, Biblioteca comunale, 1991. p. XLI (21.139.2a–h).
La Rocca, Donald J. "A Neapolitan Patron of Armor and Tapestry Identified." Metropolitan Museum Journal (1993), pp. 96–7, fig. 17.
Di Collalto, Orlando. "Schegge Sparse." In I Collalto: Conti Di Treviso, Patrizi Veneti, Principi Dell'impero: 958–1998: Atti Del Convegno 23 Maggio 1998, Castello Di San Salvatore, Susegana. Vittorio Veneto [Italy]: Grafiche De Bastiani, 1998. pp. 86–90 (21.139.2a–h).
Pyhrr, Stuart W., Donald J. La Rocca, and Dirk H. Breiding. The Armored Horse in Europe, 1480–1620. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. pp. frontispiece, 26, figs. 23, 24 (21.139.2a–h, .9–.10).
Fallows, Noel. Jousting in Medieval and Renaissance Iberia. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2010. pp. 146–47, fig. 95 (21.139.9, .10).
Pyhrr, Stuart W. "Of Arms and Men: Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan, 1912–2012." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Summer 2012), pp. 5, 22, ill.
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