Rondache (shield) of Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria

Attributed to the armorer Wolfgang Groszschedel, German (active Greenwich, England and Landshut, Bavaria), first documented 1517/18, Landshut from 1521, died 1562. Possibly in collaboration with the armorer Franz Groszschedel, German (Landshut), active c. 1555 - 1580. Thought to have been made for Emperor Ferdinand I, 1503 - 1564, ruled 1558 - 1564.

Made in Landshut, Germany, Europe

c. 1560

Etched and partially blackened and gilded steel, brass, leather

4 5/16 × 22 1/4 inches (11 × 56.5 cm) Weight: 11.3 lb. (5.11 kg)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 248, Arms and Armor, second floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries)

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977

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This Rondache belongs to a group of elaborate armors commissioned for a tournament that took place in Vienna in 1560. Wolfgang Grosschedel and his son, Franz, two leading German specialists working in the distinguished armor-making center of Landshut, possibly made the group. However, the artists who etched the elegant floral scrolls remain nameless.

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