Jousting Armor (Rennzeug) of King Philip I of Castile (1478–1506)

Jousting Armor (Rennzeug) of King Philip I of Castile (1478–1506)

c. 1494

workshop of Lorenz Helmschmied

(German, active Augsburg, 1477–1515)

Iron, forged, driven, brass, leather

Lent by the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Hofjagd- und Rüstkammer, Vienna 8.2022

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This suit was made for a form of a joust that was normally held in an open field with no barrier between combatants and a pointed lance.

Description

This suit was made for King Philipp I of Castile, heir to the Holy Roman Empire before his untimely death, to wear at the wedding of his father, Emperor Maximilian I. The highly specialized armor, known as a Rennzeug, was intended for use in the Rennen, or joust of war, a friendly but dangerous combat in German-speaking lands where two riders mimicked a battle. For such a joust, contestants were armed with pointed lances and helmets with only a narrow sight, or opening, to protect the eyes. The asymmetrical armor includes a large wood-and-leather shield, or targe, attached to the breastplate, which would have been the opponent’s target.

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