By Stuart W. Pyhrr
the second one sector of the 16th century witnessed the emergence of a brand new style of armor layout in response to the varieties and decoration present in classical artwork. Embossed in excessive reduction, richly gilt, and damascened in gold and silver, those lavish parade armors all'antica have been worn via Renaissance kings and captains who needed to undertaking an charisma of strength and advantage via arraying themselves just like the heroes of old Roman heritage and mythology. The new version of classically encouraged armor is constantly linked to Filippo Negroli, the main leading edge and celebrated of the popular armorers of Milan. in the Negroli relatives of armorers, Filippo was once the easiest recognized of his tremendous winning iteration, which integrated his brother Francesco, a talented damascener within the carrier of Emperor Charles V, and his cousin Giovan Paolo, a skilled grasp who supplied armor to the French courtroom. From huge numbers of lately exposed records within the nation, civic, and ecclesiastical data of Milan, info were gleaned of Negroli relatives, their workshops and staff, marriages and deaths, estate and testamentary preparations, and enterprise dealings with consumers and fellow armorers. A digest of the files is integrated, and a quick, cogent dialogue of the manufacture and trade of hands in sixteenth-century Milan offers a context for the paintings of those gifted artists. The middle of the ebook is an intensive reexamination of the entire armors signed by means of Filippo Negroli. extra works are attributed to him, and misplaced works are pointed out. The authors make sure the attribution of 2 magnificently damascened armors to Francesco Negroli, they usually current Giovan Paolo Negroli's unmarried signed paintings besides items they think about to be his. each one armor is defined, illustrated, and positioned within the context of the maker's oeuvre; its heritage of possession is mentioned; and its remedy within the severe literature is assessed.
round those superlative examples of Renaissance armor all'antica are grouped works that exhibit the robust effect of the Negroli on modern Italian armorers in addition to the range and originality of armor layout throughout the years 1535–55. The authors additionally contact at the assets of Renaissance armor via Greek and Roman prototypes, fourteenth- and fifteenth-century types of classical-style armor, and sixteenth-century albums of designs. within the arms of a grasp like Filippo Negroli, whose virtuoso ability at modeling in excessive reduction is unmatched within the historical past of metalworking, conventional army gown was once remodeled into sculpture in metal. the intense technical talents of the Milanese armorers, mixed with their innovative model of ornamental motifs from the vintage, comparable to lion and Medusa heads, impressive creatures, and plentiful foliate decoration, gave upward thrust to an unique artwork shape that conjures up the pomp and pageantry of the Renaissance courts. those valuable gadgets, a lot of that are nonetheless a part of the royal collections they've been in because the 16th century, are generously illustrated during this ebook, which serves because the catalogue of an exhibition on the Metropolitan Museum of paintings. [This ebook used to be initially released in 1998 and has long past out of print. This variation is a print-on-demand model of the unique book.]