Chivalry and duty are bound together by the masterpieces of European arms and armors, dating from the Medieval and Renaissance ages to the romanticized ‘Medieval’ of the 1800’s. In the Middle Ages, knighthood was closely linked with horsemanship (and especially the joust) from its origins in the 12th century until its finest hour as a fashion among the high nobility in the 15th century. The provocative beauty and exquisite craftsmanship of the objects reveal the figure of the knight, his code of chivalry and his battlefield role. Included are full suits of armor, helmets, corselets, shields, swords and other weaponry. The exhibit explores the themes of love and war, jousts and tournaments, and the historical context in which the objects were made and used. Included is a still-life (Natura Morta) armor installation – a presentation invented by Frederick Stibbert (1826-1906).
This exhibition was organized by Contemporanea Progetti in collaboration with the Museo Stibbert, Florence, Italy. Local support provided by The Hamill Foundation