By Stuart W. Pyhrr
the second one region of the 16th century witnessed the emergence of a brand new model of armor layout in line with the types and decoration present in classical paintings. 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 venture an charisma of strength and advantage through arraying themselves just like the heroes of historic Roman background and mythology. The new version of classically encouraged armor is continuously linked to Filippo Negroli, the main cutting edge and celebrated of the well known armorers of Milan. in the Negroli kinfolk of armorers, Filippo was once the easiest recognized of his super winning iteration, which integrated his brother Francesco, a talented damascener within the provider 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 country, civic, and ecclesiastical data of Milan, information were gleaned of Negroli kinfolk, their workshops and staff, marriages and deaths, estate and testamentary preparations, and enterprise dealings with consumers and fellow armorers. A digest of the records is integrated, and a quick, cogent dialogue of the manufacture and trade of hands in sixteenth-century Milan presents a context for the paintings of those proficient artists. The middle of the ebook is an intensive reexamination of all of the armors signed by means of Filippo Negroli. extra works are attributed to him, and misplaced works are pointed out. The authors ascertain the attribution of 2 magnificently damascened armors to Francesco Negroli, they usually current Giovan Paolo Negroli's unmarried signed paintings in addition to items they think about to be his. each one armor is defined, illustrated, and positioned within the context of the maker's oeuvre; its background of possession is mentioned; and its therapy within the serious literature is assessed.
round those superlative examples of Renaissance armor all'antica are grouped works that exhibit the powerful effect of the Negroli on modern Italian armorers in addition to the diversity and originality of armor layout throughout the years 1535–55. The authors additionally contact at the resources 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 fingers of a grasp like Filippo Negroli, whose virtuoso ability at modeling in excessive reduction is unequalled within the heritage of metalworking, conventional army gown used to be reworked into sculpture in metal. the intense technical talents of the Milanese armorers, mixed with their creative edition of ornamental motifs from the vintage, akin to lion and Medusa heads, tremendous creatures, and considerable foliate decoration, gave upward push to an unique paintings shape that inspires the pomp and pageantry of the Renaissance courts. those precious items, lots of that are nonetheless a part of the royal collections they've been in because the 16th century, are generously illustrated during this e-book, which serves because the catalogue of an exhibition on the Metropolitan Museum of artwork. [This e-book was once initially released in 1998 and has long past out of print. This version is a print-on-demand model of the unique book.]