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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Dates/Places: Germany
Creator Active Place: Germany
Creator Name-CRT: Germany, Nuremberg, c. 1550
Title: Breastplate with Etched Figure Kneeling before Crucifixion
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1540
Creation End Date: 1560
Creation Date: c. 1550
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Armor
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: steel
Dimensions: Overall: 31.3cm x 35cm x 20cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1916.1647
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance
Context: This breastplate, lacking its tassets, is nonetheless a fine example of the superb sculptural forms achieved by Renaissance armorers. Its contours and glancing surface illustrate the extremes sought by both armorers and patrons in order to deflect projectiles such as crossbow bolts and thrusting lances. Embellishment was an important aspect of fine armor. This breastplate bears a fine etched decoration of a kneeling knight, possibly the armor's owner, before the Crucifixion. This may have created a kind of personalized devotional image for use in combat.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1916.1647
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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