Bartolomeo Campi (Italian, died 1573)
Roman-Style Armor Given to Philip II of Spain (Pesaro, 1546)
[Embossed and gold- and silver-damascened steel; brass and fabric]
Patrimonio Nacional, Real Armería, Madrid, Spain
Roman-style armor recalled the leather cuirasses of antiquity, which imitated a warrior’s muscled chest. Although such armor is often depicted in Renaissance tapestries and paintings, this suit is the only complete surviving Roman-style armor in the world. Presented as a gift to King Philip II of Spain, it served as the model for the armor worn by the fallen figure of Sisera in the painting by Pedro Núñez del Valle, Spanish Baroque artist.