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Breastplate

A work made of steel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel.

Date:

c. 1520

Artist:

South German or Austrian (Innsbruck)

About this artwork

Once part of a complete armor, this breastplate features bold fluted or rippled surfaces meant to mimic the fashionable pleats and slashes on contemporary clothing. Enhancing the allusion to textiles, the slashes and borders are acid etched with ornament not unlike embroidery or patterned silk. On the center top is a scene of the Crucifixion, undoubtedly meant to invoke holy protection in battle.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Breastplate

Origin

Innsbruck

Date

Made 1510–1530

Medium

Steel

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2425a

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