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Musket-Proof Half Armor of King Philip III (Media Armadura a Prueba de Mosquete del Rey Felipe III)

A work made of albumen print.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of albumen print.


c. 1868


Juan (Jean) Laurent
French, active in Spain, 1816–1886

About this artwork

Jean (known in Spain as Juan) Laurent was one of the most recognized photographers of 19th-century Spain. He developed a thriving portrait business, documented Spanish public works projects, and produced an encyclopedic survey of Spanish and Portuguese architecture. In the mid-1860s, Laurent was permitted to photograph in the Royal Armory of Madrid, which housed rare personal arms and armor of monarchs from the 15th century onward. He released a catalogue detailing 187 different images from the collection, including this image of half-armor bearing the insignia of King Philip III. Set against a stark black background, the suit of armor seems to hover as if waiting for its wearer.


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Juan Laurent


Musket-Proof Half Armor of King Philip III (Media Armadura a Prueba de Mosquete del Rey Felipe III)


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1863–1873


Albumen print


Image/paper: 34.6 × 25.1 cm (13 5/8 × 9 15/16 in.); Mount: 49 × 38 cm (19 5/16 × 15 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by John A. Bross in memory of E. B. Smith

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