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A work made of steel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel.


c. 1520


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.


On View, Gallery 239


Applied Arts of Europe




Innsbruck (Object Possibly made in)

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Made 1510–1530



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George F. Harding Collection

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