Arms and Armor

Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Dirk H. Breiding

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April 28, 2020
304 pages, 9 x 11
300 color illus.
ISBN: 9780876332924
Hardcover

Published in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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.
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