Distinguished by its fluted surfaces, the Maximilian style of armor was visually most striking in sunlight, which created a dazzling effect as it reflected off the polished, rippling steel. The flutings may have originated as a means of imitating the pleating of male costume of the day. It quickly became apparent, however, that the flutings were also a strengthening device, similar to corrugated metal. The elements of this particular suit were made together at the same time. The helmet is believed to have been made by the esteemed Augsburg armorer Lorenz Helmschmied who was active at the Hapsburg, Mantua, and Urbino courts between 1467 -1515. This poster illustrates the technical beauty of the armor and presents the suit in full length.
Size: 36" x 20"