In most cultures owning and bearing arms was considered the right and privilege of the free man. Naturally the greatest care and skill had to be given to their technical manufacture because this was literally a matter upon which life and death depended. In addition, beauty of functional form and often precious decoration of weapons combined to make them the jewelry of the free man. Sixteenth-century parade armor was indeed the most extensive—and expensive—body jewelry ever designed. Because of this interaction of emotional, historical, and aesthetic values, arms have long been coveted objects of collecting, as shown for instance in the Tale of the Fight for the Arms of Achilles.
The weapon as such is neither good not evil but a document and indispensable part of the history of mankind. Aside from their importance in cultural history, arms have a considerable role in art history too. Many outstanding artists such as Hand Holbein, Albrech Dürer, and Leonardo da Vinci made designs for arms that were functional as well as decorative. As a work of art, a complete armor of the fifteenth or sixteenth century is a moving sculpture, and at the same time it often represents the corporeal image of a historically important person. [This book was originally published in 1982 and has gone out of print. This edition is a print-on-demand version of the original book.]
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Stuart W. Pyhrr, Donald J. LaRocca, and Dirk H. Breiding are in the Department of Arms and Armor at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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