Monday, November 15, 2010

art of armour

Ok, this is a totally random post but I was editing pictures from our trip to New York( it was in May!) and came across these from the Metropolitan Art Museum. This was the armour display and I was fascinated by it! Look at the detail.

The styles changed acording to country and year and what was in fashion. Bit of humour below:)

Really it was so interesting. Imagine the weight the horses had to carry including their own armour.

Erm...hello? Boys will be boys.......extreme fashion.

This was King Henry the 8th's armour. Short and stocky. It was remarkable to me to think that he had actually worn this and was a real person, not just some historical character. I could almost touch it.

Worth a visit if you have never been, and this was just one tiny part of the museum. I took too many pictures of too many beautiful things. I could spend weeks in here.


Kristine said...

Oh wow. I am so envious you got to see all that! As a former European history major, I could look at these photos all day long.

I must, I must, I must make it to New York! ;-) Thanks for sharing these.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

How incredibly intricate!

Dolores said...

Wonder what a suit of armour weighs?

Anonymous said...

I love the Met. There are so many museums in NY, but this one and the Cloisters, which is a branch, are my favorites. I once took a small boy to see the armor. That was really fun.

Mickey (Michel) Johnson said...

who would have known that the armour would be so detailed with such beautiful etchings into the metal. thanks so much for sharing. i feel like i have been on a history lesson!

Kate on Clinton said...

The face above the horse's heinie is so funny! And that "special" detail on the armor just for men is just so...silly.
I simply must find the time to get to the Met. I haven't even seen the new American Wing yet.

The Words Crafter said...

Wow, I had no idea that armor could be so detailed! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!