BEAUTIFUL MONSTERS:

HEROIC ARMOUR OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE


Armour was equipment for war and costume of a profoundly impressive kind - iron and steel can be sculpted into whatever extraordinary form the artist can imagine. As the heroes and monsters of classical antiquity proliferated in the Renaissance psyche noblemen began to self-identify in those terms, casting themselves as the descendants and heirs of Hercules, Hector, Alexander and Caesar. Endeavouring to prove those claims, armourers met the challenge with some of the most magnificent expressions of their art.