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Chivalry re-imagined: Collecting and displaying Renaissance armour in the late 19th century

In nineteenth-century Britain and the United States, a strong affinity for the medieval period permeated contemporary art, literature, and architecture. This interest was mirrored in the art market, and fine and decorative art collectors sought rare objects that romanticized centuries past. Armour was particularly prized among male collectors, as it embodied the knightly virtues of honour, chivalry, and martial ability.

At this study day, historians and curators from some of Europe's most prominent museums (V&A, Wallace Collection, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, and the Fitzwilliam) will speak about the collecting practices of Renaissance armour in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Who were the men who collected these objects? What qualities were considered favourable, and how did collectors and museums choose to display this armour once acquired?

Lunch and tea/coffee will be provided. The day will also include a handling session, giving attendees the opportunity to handle pieces of 15th and 16th century armour.

 

Booking essential. Tel: 01223 332904 or email: education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

(Registration from 9.00 - 9.30)

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