EUROPEAN HELMETS, 1450 - 1650: treasures from the reserve collection

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Exhibition location: Special Exhibition Gallery, Arms and Armor Galleries
January, 25 2000 - January 2001


The Metropolitan Museum will present European Helmets, 1450-1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection, the third in a series of thematic installations drawn from the Museum's reserve collection of arms and armor, beginning January 25, 2000. Featuring some 70 helmets, many of them to go on display for the first time, the exhibition will explore the evolution, technology, form, and fashion of European head defense over two centuries. The majority of the helmets have rarely been exhibited or published in the last 50 years and, therefore, constitute a collection virtually unknown to Museum visitors, scholars, and collectors.