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Waistcoat Cuirass

A work made of steel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel.

Date:

c. 1570—c.1580

Artist:

Italian; Milan

About this artwork

During the last quarter of the sixteenth century, infantry and naval officers began to wear artfully designed cuirasses (breast and backplates) that hinged open with a front seam that mimicked the doublet or waistcoat. This Italian example is decorated with slanted etched bands to look like embroidered trim as well as large rivets down the front simulating buttons. Despite its fashionable appeal, the front seam did weaken the cuirass, and soon after 1600 the fashion vanished.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Waistcoat Cuirass

Origin

Milan

Date

Made 1565–1580

Medium

Steel

Dimensions

Wt. 6 lb. 5 oz.

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2366

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