Arms and Armor Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art Dirk H. Breiding

Series:
Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
25 Feb 2020
ISBN:
9780876332924
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
304 pages: 279 x 229mm
Illustrations:
300 color illus.
Sales territories:
World

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s holdings of arms and armor are among the finest of their kind in the world. Presenting nearly 100 masterpieces from the collection, this lavishly illustrated volume includes complete armors and armor elements, swords, firearms and crossbows, staff weapons, horse equipment, and related accessories. Drawn for the most part from the princely armories of Europe, these objects represent the epitome of the armorer’s art, and many are published here in color for the first time. The engaging text by Dirk H. Breiding summarizes the latest scholarship and discusses how the museum’s collection—the core of which consists of a 1977 bequest by the distinguished connoisseur and scholar Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch (1884–1976)—has evolved over the years.

This volume reveals how arms and armor—uniting art, fashion, design, politics, and technology—can be seen as unique expressions of human creativity.

Dirk H. Breiding is the J. J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.