Detail View: The AMICA Library: Half-Suit of Armor

AMICA ID: 
CMA_.1916.1816
AMICA Library Year: 
1998
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Nationality: 
European; Southern European; Italian; Brescian
Creator Name-CRT: 
North Italy, Brescia (?), c. 1575
Title: 
Half-Suit of Armor
Title Type: 
Primary
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
c. 1575
Creation Start Date: 
1573
Creation End Date: 
1577
Materials and Techniques: 
steel
Classification Term: 
Armor
Classification Term: 
Arms
Classification Term: 
Arms
Style or Period: 
North Italy
Dimensions: 
Overall:
AMICA Contributor: 
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 
1916.1816
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance
Rights: 
Context: 
Embellishment was an important aspect of fine armor. Etching was the most commonly used decorative technique. Here, etched bands are laid out along the borders. On the breastplate, pauldrons, and tassets, etched medallions enclose profile busts reminiscent of Roman portraiture.This half-armor was once part of a complete field armor for man and horse (much like the one on the floor of the Armor Court) as is evidenced by the lance rest on the breastplate.
Related Image Identifier Link: 
CMA_.1916.1816.tif