Detail View: The AMICA Library: Burgonet

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.17.190.1720
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Name: 
Negroli, Filippo
Creator Nationality: 
European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: 
Maker
Creator Dates/Places: 
ca. 1510-1579
Creator Name-CRT: 
Made by Filippo Negroli
Title: 
Burgonet
Title Type: 
Object name
View: 
Alternate View
Creation Date: 
1543
Creation Start Date: 
1543
Creation End Date: 
1543
Materials and Techniques: 
Steel, embossed and damascened with gold
Classification Term: 
Armors
Dimensions: 
H. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm), Wt. 4 lb. 2 oz. (1.9 kg)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 
17.190.1720
Credit Line: 
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Rights: 
Context: 

This masterpiece of Renaissance metalwork is signed on the browplate by Filippo Negroli, whose embossed armor was praised by sixteenth-century chroniclers as 'miraculous' and deserving 'immortal merit.' Made from one plate of steel, patinated to look like bronze, the bowl is raised in high relief with motifs inspired by classical art. The graceful mermaid forming the helmet's comb holds the grimacing head of Medusa by the hair. The sides of the helmet are covered with acanthus scrolls inhabited by putti, a motif probably derived from the Roman wall frescoes rediscovered in the Golden House of Nero.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
MMA_.aa17.190.1720.AV1.tif