Princeton University Library Catalog

How to read European armor / Donald J. La Rocca.

Author:
La Rocca, Donald J. [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • New York : The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017.
  • New Haven : Distributed by Yale University Press
Description:
160 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Series:
Summary note:
How to Read European Armor presents a compelling overview of armor in Europe from the Middle Ages through the seventeenth century, the period when armor as an art form achieved its highest levels of stylistic beauty and functional perfection. During these centuries, skilled armorers developed ingenious solutions for protecting the body with armor that was effective and often amazingly ornate. This volume features historically important examples of armor such as a suit made in the royal workshops of Greenwich, England, almost certainly for King Henry VIII himself; a masterfully etched work created by a famed Nuremberg armorer for Emperor Ferdinand I; and sumptuous armor for the warhorse of an Italian nobleman. The engaging text extensively examines armor's complex parts and many decorative techniques, and sets the lively historical context for how European armor thrived in the field of combat, in tournaments, and on ceremonial occasions. A book for any reader drawn to the chivalric and courtly life of Europe, How to Read European Armor highlights the many innovations of armorers who created these legendary marvels of art and technology.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (page 159).
Contents:
Highlights in the development of armor in Europe -- Centers of armor production -- The sum of its parts: Armor from head to toe -- Helmets -- Gorgets -- Breastplates, tassets, and backplates -- Pauldrons -- Vambraces -- Gauntlets -- Leg defenses: poleyns, cuisses, greaves, and sabatons -- The Dos Aguas armor as a garniture -- Armored saddles and horse armor -- Tournament armor -- Decoration -- Etching -- Mercury gilding and heat bluing -- Engraving, inlay, and damascening -- Embossing -- Applied borders and appliqués -- How to read European armor.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
  • 9781588396297 ((pbk.))
  • 1588396290 ((pbk.))
LCCN:
2017028657
OCLC:
978637401
Issuing body:
RCP:
C - S