The visor of this helmet is modelled in the form of a lion's mask; the skull is embossed with allegorical figures of Fame (right) and Victory (left) and trophies in the style of the High Renaissance.

There is a Greek motto inlaid in gold on the comb. The chinpiece is missing. The helmet is likely to have had a distinguished original owner, as Negroli worked for both the Emperor Charves V and his son.

Provenance

J G Mann (keeper of the Wallace Collection)




Exhibitions at Fitzwilliam Museum

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