Coat of arms formerly Colleoni - inv. 2192 2192b 2193 2593

Milan, first half of 17th century

Coat of arms formerly Colleoni
1600-1610 ca.
steel   silver   gold  
35,997 g; 1972 g; 1040 g
1879 bequest Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Inv. 2192 2192b 2193 2593


This armour is extraordinarily complete and homogeneous. All its parts are burnished, engraved, damascened and gilt with alternating plain and decorated bands. The decoration includes grotesque, trophies, fantastic dolphins, foliage, volutes and eight-pointed stars. The ornaments are in the French style, but the type of workmanship reveals the Milanese origin of the armour. According to tradition, it belonged to the famous Colleoni family of Bergamo, probably owned by Guardino di Febo Colleoni.