Filippo Negroli (Italian, Milan, ca. 1510–1579)dated 1543

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This masterpiece of Renaissance metalwork is signed on the browplate by Filippo Negroli, whose embossed armor was praised by sixteenth-century writers as "miraculous" and deserving "immortal merit." Formed of one plate of steel and patinated to look like bronze, the bowl is raised in high relief with motifs inspired by classical art. The graceful mermaidlike siren forming the helmet's comb holds a grimacing head of Medusa by the hair. The sides of the helmet are covered with acanthus scrolls inhabited by putti, a motif ultimately derived from ancient Roman sculpture and wall paintings.

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  • Title: Burgonet
  • Date Created: dated 1543
  • Physical Dimensions: w185.7 x h241.3 mm
  • Type: Helmets
  • External Link: MMA
  • Medium: Embossed steel damascened with gold
  • Provenance Extent: Complete
  • Provenance: Ex coll.: Sir Bernard Brocas, Berkshire; Duc de Luynes; J.P. Morgan, New York
  • Medium Extent: Complete
  • Inscription Extent: Complete
  • Inscription: Signed: (on brow plate, in gold) PHILIPP NEG/ROLV FECIT MDXXXXIII
  • Description Extent: Complete
  • Culture: Italian, Milan
  • Credit Line Extent: Complete
  • Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
  • Armorer/Maker: Filippo Negroli (Italian, Milan, ca. 1510–1579)


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