Art Museum Discovery

Armor as Art: The Teuffenbach Armor

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The Worcester Art Museum’s collection of arms and armor is the second largest in the United States. The Museum has over 1,500 works in the armor collection. Do suits of armor seem like works that an art museum would have on display? Look at these parts of the Teuffenbach armor and think of how you might think of the objects as works of art.

Armor for Field and Tilt, of Count Franz von Teuffenbach

This suit of armor was made in Europe by Stefan Rormoser of Innsbruck. He finished the armor in 1554 according to the date on the belly and back. He made it for his client, the distinguished Austrian nobleman, Franz von Teuffenbach of Styria.

Look carefully at the full suit of armor. What do you notice about it?