Apr 9, 2020

Rondache (Round Shield)

Rondache (Round Shield)

c. 1570

Etched and gilded steel with brass rivets

Support: Etched

Diameter: 57.8 cm (22 3/4 in.)

Weight: 4.1 kg (9.04 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1504

Did you know?

The escutcheons, or small shields radiating around the center, contain scenes of mythical combat; during the Renaissance there was often a preoccupation with the antique world.


Highly decorated circular shields like this one were a specialty of the city of Milan. This shield would have originally belonged to an armor that would have been decorated to match - with radiating etched bands of classical warriors and trophies.

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