Left Tasset (thigh defense) of Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria

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

Geography:
Made in Landshut, Germany, Europe

Date:
c. 1560

Medium:
Etched and partially blackened and gilded steel, brass, leather

Dimensions:
9 1/2 x 11 inches, 3.4 lb. (24.1 x 27.9 cm, 1536g)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

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

Accession Number:
1977-167-233

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

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Label:
This tasset 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, made the group. However, as is so often the case, the artists who etched the elegant floral scrolls remain nameless.


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