Castles and Knights
Castles and Knights
The Griffon Helm, around 1540. Italy. This bourguignotte is a typical, though marvelously crafted, example of how Mannerism is reflected in arms and armour. Elaborate decorations and shapes of fantastic animals became common for the parade armour. Griffon, a beast from ancient mythology, was both a tribute to the fascination with antiquity and an animalistic representation of it’s owner’s might and fury. As the visor was raised, the knight became half-man half-beast.
archaicwonder: Rare Griffin-crested Greek Chalcidian Helmet, 4th century BC The Chalcidian helmet was especially popular in Greece in the fourth and fifth centuries BC. This style was also worn extensively in the Greek colonies of Italy during the same period. The helmet is so-called because it was first, and is most commonly depicted on pottery once thought to derive from the Euboean city of Chalcis. In fact, it is not known whether the helmet actually originated in Chalcis; indeed, it is ...
Parade shield, Florence, Italy, 1350-1450 -- Painted and gilt gesso over wood -- Coat of arms of the Villani family of Florence. The shield is for display rather than protection. For much of the 1400s various mercantile families vied with each other for supremacy in Florence. The shield serves to emphasise the importance of this particular family who had made their money in the 1300s in the wool trade
Hohenzollern Castle served as the ancestral throne of the Hohenzollern family, who became German Emperors of the Middle Ages. The castle was leveled and razed after a 10-month siege in 1423 by the Swabia imperial cities. The second castle was constructed in 1454 through 1461 and became the refuge of the Catholic Swabian Hohenzollerns during war, especially the Thirty Years' War. At the end of 18th century, it lost all strategic importance and fell into utter disrepair leading to several demol...