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Cuirass from an Armor of Tsar Dmitry I

A work made of steel.
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Italian; Milan

About this artwork

The Moscow coat of arms with an imperial double-headed eagle identifies the owner of this breastplate as Dmitry I, the ill-fated tsar of Russia who falsely claimed to be Ivan the Terrible’s lost youngest son. After only 11 months of rule, members of the Russian nobility (boyars) assassinated him and shot the ashes of his body out of a cannon.

Dmitry rose to power with Polish support and was heavily influenced by Western taste and politics. This Italian-made armor (with matching helmet , also in the Art Institute’s collection) represents the height of Western fashion at the time and might have been a diplomatic gift. Only traces remain of the original gilding that once highlighted the bands of etched decoration.


On View, Gallery 239


Applied Arts of Europe


Cuirass from an Armor of Tsar Dmitry I


Milan (Object made for)

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Made 1605–1606




H.: 41.3 cm (16 1/4 in.)

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George F. Harding Collection

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