Remains of equestrian armour

Equestrian suit of armour, dating back to the late 1500s and decorated with plant motifs, embossed on a blackened background.

The equestrian armour consists of pieces of different origin, even if in perfectly compatible style. The particular decorations, with strips decorated with trophies and plants, typical of 16th-century Lombard items, are in fact the distinguishing features that bring together and characterise the different independent parts, reconstructing a whole piece with an evocative effect.

The collection

The art work

This composite equestrian armour is an assembly of pieces of different origin, even if their periods and styles make them compatible. This is a clear example of the collector’s taste of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli - after whom the museum housing the art work is named, an enthusiast of the decorative arts with a particular interest in reconstructing the evocative overall effect.

Almost every piece of this armour has a different origin from the others, but they all have the same type of decoration, with strips embellished with trophies and plant motifs, lightly embossed on a blackened background. The back shows mermaids and medallions among which it is possible to see women with hair styled in the fashions of the period, while the two shoulder pieces show an ox and a “T”, frequently used on Italian armour in the 16th century to show Northern Italian origins.