Can weapons be art? How can you do armour – something worn to be admired from a 360 degree angle – justice in a museum? And did you know there were armour-making dynasties in renaissance Europe?
Download this first ever episode of Past Matters to hear Dr Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection, London, explore these topics and more with me. The Wallace Collection’s underrated object at the centre of this discussion is a renaissance parade sallet (helmet) created by Kolman Helmschmid in Germany, circa. 1520, pictured below.
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Burgonet, Kolman Helmschmid (Armourer), Augsburg, Germany, c. 1520. © Wallace Collection