Helmet

The riding helmet dating back to 1570 is a precious relic, made in Brescia with artistic engraving in iron.

The riding helmet dating back to 1570 is a precious relic, made in Brescia with artistic engraving in iron. It does in fact have ancient roots, dating back to the Celtic rule over the area in the 5th century BC. It is made so prestigious by the elegant decorations with lime leaf motifs that feature all over the front section.

The collection

The art work

The helmet is part of a composite suit of armour, featuring parts of different origins, which, although different have obvious elements that match: the helmet, for example, as well as the strip decoration with trophies, has medallions with a male and female profile, accompanied by engraved mermaids.

Both have the mark of an elephant supporting a castle, probably the emblem of the armourer, and according to some scholars, reminiscent of the figure of the unknown Master of the Castle, who worked in Milan in the workshop of the Castello Sforzesco. Weapons in use with this type of decoration were very frequently made in Lombardy in the latter half of the 16th century; specifically in the period between 1555 and 1585, and they were mostly made in the Brescia area.