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February 22nd, 2013
Philadelphia Museum of Art Appoints Dirk H. Breiding The J.J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor

The Philadelphia Museum of Art today announced the appointment of Dirk H. Breiding as the J. J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor. Currently an Assistant Curator in the Arms and Armor Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Mr. Breiding began his professional career there in 2001 as an Annette Kade Fellow, and from 2002 until 2005 served as a Curatorial Assistant in the department before being promoted to his current position. Mr. Breiding received a B.A. degree in 1998 and an M.A. degree in 1999 in Art History from University College, London, then worked respectively as a research assistant and curator in the Departments of Oriental Antiquities and Medieval and Later Antiquities at the British Museum, and as a specialist in arms and armor at Christie’s London, South Kensington.

Mr. Breiding has written widely on the subject of arms and armor, focusing on topics ranging from medieval arms and armor and tomb sculpture to horse armor in Medieval and Renaissance Europe. He is currently completing a catalogue of the Metropolitan Museum’s collection of crossbows and is at work on a number of other publications.

Speaking about this appointment, Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art stated: “We are delighted that Dirk Breiding will be joining us as our new J. J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor. He is widely admired by his colleagues for his broad knowledge of the field and his ability to communicate effectively with public audiences. Dirk’s experience as a curator and his scholarly accomplishments made him an ideal candidate for this position. We look forward to having him take up his new duties in early July and believe that he will utilize and continue to develop our distinguished collection of arms and armor, which is one of the finest of its type in this country.”

Mr. Breiding added: ”I feel deeply honored to join the staff of this renowned institution and am thrilled by the prospect of working with such a fine collection. I look forward to building upon the strong foundation of scholarship and curatorial care. Much remains to be done, especially with regard to the reinstallation of the collection and the development of programs that engage our audiences with these remarkable and fascinating works of art.”

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