Breastplate in the Maximilian Style

Breastplate in the Maximilian Style


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Steel, brass rivets

Overall: 48.3 x 40.3 x 16 cm (19 x 15 7/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

Weight: 2.94 kg (6.48 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1640.a


Distinguished by its regularly fluted surfaces, armor in this style was popularized in South Germany during the early 1500s. The style is usually called "Maximilian," as it was introduced during the reign of Emperor Maximilian I (1493-1519). The style reflects male costume of the period and the shift to the new rounded forms of the Renaissance. Other examples of this armor style may be seen nearby.

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