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Fluted Armor (Riefelharnisch) of Prince Wolfgang of Anhalt-Köthen

unknown, Southern Germanyc. 1520–30

Renaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

Renaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

Wolfgang of Anhalt-Köthen (1492–1566) took over the government of his principality at the age of 16. He introduced the Reformation as early as 1525 and was one of the leaders of the Schmalkaldic League. He was placed under the imperial ban by the Emperor for fighting on the Protestant side in the Battle of Mühlberg in 1547. Elector Moritz of Saxony made him governor of Magdeburg and in 1552 the imperial ban was lifted.

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  • Title: Fluted Armor (Riefelharnisch) of Prince Wolfgang of Anhalt-Köthen
  • Creator: unknown, Southern Germany
  • Date Created: c. 1520–30
  • Physical Dimensions: 27.04 kg
  • Technique and Material: Iron, forged, hammered, and etched
  • Provenance: First mentioned in the complete inventory of the Rüstkammer in 1606
  • Museum: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Rüstkammer
  • Inv.-No.: M 109
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-845714
  • External Link: http://www.skd.museum/de/museen-institutionen/residenzschloss/ruestkammer/
  • Copyright: Photo © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Rüstkammer/ Jürgen Karpinski; Text © Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach, A Cooperation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München, Catalogue of the Exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nov 20, 2016 – March 26, 2017, Munich: Prestel, 2016; cat. no. 49 / Holger Schuckelt
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: unknown
  • Artist Biography: unknown

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