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. (x)

notes
  1. thesearetheirstories reblogged this from bassthetortoise
  2. thegaygoddess reblogged this from bassthetortoise
  3. bassthetortoise reblogged this from wormwoodandhoney
  4. declanpipkin reblogged this from elvhenwarrior
  5. elvhenwarrior reblogged this from madametrevelyan
  6. tinychangeling reblogged this from decomposion
  7. nawtsoo reblogged this from mistralienne
  8. aibohp reblogged this from david-bowie-is-my-queen
  9. david-bowie-is-my-queen reblogged this from blackcatandme
  10. blackcatandme reblogged this from throughmyribs
  11. throughmyribs reblogged this from madametrevelyan
  12. youbringthecorn reblogged this from hazzahearsawho
  13. elissacouslands reblogged this from madametrevelyan
  14. hazzahearsawho reblogged this from madametrevelyan
  15. madametrevelyan reblogged this from solitaire-solidaire
  16. onesmore reblogged this from skinchanger
  17. terreau reblogged this from michellewilliamss
  18. skinchanger reblogged this from mistralienne
  19. ella--marie reblogged this from mistralienne
  20. mistralienne reblogged this from roadtripdaydreams
  21. barrada-no-baile reblogged this from solitaire-solidaire
  22. nothing-of-that-world reblogged this from laxisme
  23. laxisme reblogged this from petersbourgeoises
  24. solitaire-solidaire reblogged this from petersbourgeoises
  25. neurotoxines reblogged this from petersbourgeoises
  26. palimpsestsofhistory reblogged this from petersbourgeoises
  27. petersbourgeoises reblogged this from roadtripdaydreams
©