The Armored Horse In Europe, 1480–1620
The horse was an integral part of Renaissance culture, not only as a beast of burden but also as a sign of rank and status. For the nobility equitation was an essential skill, both socially and militarily. Horses played a pivotal role in warfare and often wore armour as elaborate and expensive as that of their riders.
Drawing exclusively from the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this catalogue features various types of European horse armour dating from 1480 to 1620. Splendid examples, many of which are unpublished or rarely seen, are examined in terms of style, construction, and decoration.
Exhibition schedule: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 15 February 2005 to 15 January 2006.
Stuart W. Pyhrr, Donald J. LaRocca and Dirk H. Breiding are in the Department of Arms and Armor at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.