Celebrate the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s world class Arms and Armor collection and the release of our new book with a special offer for Members only.
For a limited time, members will receive a free enamel helmet pin with the purchase of Arms & Armor: Highlights from The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The pin is inspired by the Peffenhauser Burgonet (Helmet) and designed in collaboration with Associate Curator or Arms & Armor, and author, Dirk Breiding.
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Through the exceptional permanent collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this book looks at arms and armor as art—from warfare to war games, from hunting to the pursuit of glory.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s holdings of arms and armor are among the finest of their kind in the world. Presenting nearly 100 masterpieces from the collection, this lavishly illustrated volume includes complete armors and armor elements, swords, firearms and crossbows, staff weapons, horse equipment, and related accessories. Drawn for the most part from the princely armories of Europe, these objects represent the epitome of the armorer’s art, and many are published here in color for the first time. The engaging text by Dirk H. Breiding summarizes the latest scholarship and discusses how the museum’s collection—the core of which consists of a 1977 bequest by the distinguished connoisseur and scholar Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch (1884–1976)—has evolved over the years.
This volume reveals how arms and armor—uniting art, fashion, design, politics, and technology—can be seen as unique expressions of human creativity.
"At the top of my list, it’s got to be the brand-new This is one of the great world collections, and it’s (almost) never been published! All the photography was done specially for the book and it’s utterly gorgeous. Curator Dirk Breiding’s text is both scholarly and accessible. A must for anyone interested in the history of European art and culture." Tobias Capwell, Accredited Lecturer and Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection in London
Dirk H. Breiding is the J. J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
- Author: Dirk H. Breiding
- Publisher: the Philadelphia Museum of Art, release date June 16, 2020
- 312 pages, 11” x 9”
- 415 color illustrations
- ISBN 9780876332924
This is a wonderful book, in content and construction. It's large and colorful with extremely high quality images of their extensive collection. Best of all, it is half the price of other, similar books in my collection. A perfect conversation point. I'll cherish it forever.
I purchased this book as a Christmas gift for my husband. Every time we have gone to the Museum he always wanted to visit the Arms and Armor Exhibit. As a history buff, he loves to learn about different types of weaponry. He also likes to compare the armor with what is worn by modern floorball players,
Excellent review of the Keinbusch collection. Descriptions, provenance and highlights are well presented.
A high quality book, with an abundance of clear illustrations and informative text. It is surprising that such a quality book is available at this price.
I have been eagerly anticipating the release of this book and I am happy to say I am not disappointed. In fact, it exceeds my expectations.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is home to one of the best collections of arms and armor in the world. This book does an excellent job of showcasing the collection. The pieces chosen and the photography are superb and the commentary accompanying them is informative and easy to enjoy. This book will make an excellent addition to the libraries of both casual readers and more serious students and collectors. Mr Breiding has brought us a masterpiece.