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Gauntlet for the Left Hand

A work made of steel, gold, silver, and brass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, gold, silver, and brass.




Lucio Piccinino (Italian, active 1575-1595)

About this artwork

Intended purely for spectacle, parade armor represented the pinnacle of the armorer’s art. This fragmentary gauntlet for the right hand was part of such a harness. The workshop of Lucio Piccinino produced several similar commissions for various dukes and princes of the Habsburg court. The work of several craftsmen, this gauntlet merges the arts of armoring and goldsmithing. Here the technique of gold-and-silver overlay is combined with embossing—pushing the thin steel from both inside and out. With its riot of classical ornament, including grotesque figures, fruit garlands, and trophies of arms, the decoration reflects the prevailing artistic taste, known as Mannerism, at the end of the 16th century.


On View, Gallery 239


Applied Arts of Europe


Lucio Piccinino


Gauntlet for the Left Hand


Milan (Object made for)

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Made 1565–1600


Steel, gold, silver, and brass


16.5 × 14.6 × 19.7 cm (6 1/2 × 5 3/4 × 7 3/4 in.)

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George F. Harding Collection

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