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Composed Armor

Armorer:
Helmet, arm defenses, gauntlets and leg defenses by Wolfgang Grosschedel (German, Landshut, active ca. 1517–62)
Armorer:
Helmet, arm defenses, gauntlets and leg defenses by Franz Grosschedel (German, Landshut, recorded 1555–79)
Date:
ca. 1550–80
Geography:
Landshut; Augsburg
Culture:
German, Landshut and Augsburg; gorget, Italian
Medium:
Steel, gold, leather, textile, copper alloy
Dimensions:
Wt. 51 lb. 4 oz. (23.25 kg)
Classification:
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904; gauntlets: Fletcher Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
04.3.278; 22.147.6, .7
Not on view
This armor is composed of elements from three different armors, all made in southern Germany for Spanish patrons. The helmet, arm defenses, gauntlets, and leg defenses belong to a large garniture made in 1554 for the future Philip II of Spain (reigned 1556–98) by the leading armorers of Landshut, Wolfgang Grosschedel (recorded 1517–1562) and his son Franz (recorded 1555–1579). The elements of Philip's armor are distinguished by their decoration of stylized cloud bands. The associated breastplate, probably made in Augsburg about 1550, is decorated with the cross used by the Spanish knightly orders of Alcantara and Calatrava. The backplate, also made in Augsburg about 1550, appears to be part of an armor for Fernando Alvarez de Toledo (1508–1583), third duke of Alba. The gorget (collar) is Italian, made about 1580.
Ex. coll.: Madrid armory; Fountaine; Dino (A7).
Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–March 18, 1953, no. 7.

San Francisco. Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 18, 1953–June 7, 1953, no. 7.

Pittsburgh. Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," October, 1953–April, 1954, no. 7.

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. 10, no. 7, ill. (04.3.278).



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