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Field Armor

Artist/maker unknown, German

Made in Nuremberg, Germany, Europe

c. 1500

Punched, engraved, etched, and partially blackened steel; brass; leather (partially replaced)

Height: 70 1/2 inches (179 cm) Width (across the mid-points of the shoulders): 21 5/8 inches (55 cm) Weight: 56.2 lb. (25500g)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

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

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  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections

    This is perhaps the earliest complete example of an armor in the fully developed German Renaissance style. Although it bears neither maker's mark nor date, its form, quality, and construction suggest that it was made in Augsburg, about 1500--1510. In southern Germany and Austria, this decade saw the completion of a transition in artistic trends, including armor styles, from late Gothic to early Renaissance, a movement encouraged by the close ties between Austria's ruling house of Habsburg and the courts of Burgundy and Milan. The subtle Northern Italian influence in this armor is seen in the uninterrupted smoothness and full contours of its surfaces, constituting a dramatic change from the attenuated lines and pierced ornament that distinguished the earlier German Gothic style. Certain technical features, such as the construction of the arm defenses, are also based on Italian types. The resulting armor, however, far exceeds its models and heralds a uniquely South German style, which in turn went on to influence armor-making throughout Europe. Donald J. LaRocca, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections (1995), p. 120.