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The waistcoat corselet of Captain Cunz Van Unckel is a traditional piece of armor from the 1500s. This piece showcases the craftsmanship that elite warriors would have for their armor. The captain used religious imagery on his armor, shown in…

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The horse, as seen by its prominence on this Florentine crest, was a vital part of chivalry. From the earliest incarnations of knights in the Roman equestrian class—literally citizens wealthy enough to own a horse—the presence of an elite mounted…

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This section of the altarpiece depicts the Archangel Michael, who is a symbol in the Abrahamic faiths of the powers of heaven. Archangel Michael is a warrior angel, who in the New Testament is said to have commanded the army of heaven against Satan…

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This sculpture, crafted in the latter half of the 12th century, depicts the Virgin Mary with the Christ Child on her lap. Although weathered, the statuette originated somewhere in Southern France. The early Middle Ages represented a period of growing…

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This wooden shield, crafted in the 1450’s in the German region of Saxony, depicts St. George slaying a dragon. According to legend, St. George served as an officer in the guard of Roman Emperor Diocletian before he was sentenced to death for refusing…

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The Kneeling Knight in Prayer is a stained glass image depicting a German knight. The knight is bent in prayer inside of a church, while his shield—fully depicting his coat of arms and symbolizing him as a member of the societal elite. He is clad…

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This suit of armor, dated to 1510 and originating in Milan (Italy), contains the etched figures of Saint Anthony, the Virgin and Child, and Saint Bernard. While the suit of armor was itself decorative, as the intricate engravings of the chest plate…

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By the late Middle Ages, the idea of what it meant to be a knight had solidified from its early origins. Once an almost purely military definition, knighthood had become a desirable status among high nobility and royalty as well as an avenue for…
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