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Mars and the Muses: The Renaissance Art of Armour Toby Capwell Wednesday 11 March 2020

Armour was one of the great Renaissance art forms, not just equipment for war. It is also costume, of a profoundly impressive and intimidating kind. The plastic qualities of the iron and steel used to create it mean that it can be sculpted into whatever extraordinary form the master armourer artist could imagine. As the cultural and literary influences on chivalry diversified, so too did the ways in which knights and noblemen wished to portray themselves.

Toby Capwell is Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection in London, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and an internationally acknowledged expert on Medieval and Renaissance weapons. He appears regularly on TV and in 2015 escorted the remains of King Richard III from the Battlefield at Bosworth to their resting place in Leicester Cathedral, on horseback and in full armour!