Half Armor

Artist/maker unknown, Italian

Made in Brescia, Lombardy, Italy, Europe

c. 1580

Etched and partially blackened steel; brass; textile and leather replaced

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 246, Arms and Armor, second floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries)

Accession Number:

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

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Brescia was the largest armor-making center on the Italian peninsula after Milan. The town of Brescia and its surroundings were the principal suppliers of arms to the Republic of Venice. Struck on several portions of this armor is a mark of an ox, possibly derived from a town's coat of arms, suggesting that the armor was originally housed in a municipal arsenal.

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