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Arms and Armor - Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Dirk H. Breiding



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Yale University Press
15 March 2020
Exhibition catalogues & specific collections; History; Militaria, arms & armour
Through the exceptional permanent collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this book looks at arms and armor as art-from warfare to war games, from hunting to the pursuit of glory 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.
By:   Dirk H. Breiding
Imprint:   Yale University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 284mm,  Width: 238mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   1.820kg
ISBN:   9780876332924
ISBN 10:   0876332920
Pages:   312
Publication Date:   15 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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

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